Supporting Breast Cancer Care In Northamptonshire
Registered Charity No. 1111286
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Welcome To The Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal
“Together we CAN make a difference ........”
This unique, local charity was first established back in 2001 when its founder, former head teacher Glennis Hooper, was diagnosed with breast cancer at a very significant time in her life. Glennis has an amazing story to tell about her life, and that of thousands of others, since a simple, crazy idea became a reality whilst trying hats on in Debenhams in Northampton when she was on chemotherapy.
Crazy Hats supports all aspects of breast cancer care in Northamptonshire with a small percentage of funds being given to Leicester Royal Infirmary. With an initial donation of £5.00 from an 86 year old lady who had breast cancer at the same time as Glennis, the current total now stands at almost £1.8 million – an amazing amount! The majority of money raised has been spent on agreed projects in the breast care and oncology departments at Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals to purchase many items of equipment and resources in order to maintain and enhance facilities ensuring that every patient’s breast cancer journey is as comfortable as it can be and that standards of care in the county remain high.
As well as funding projects for the hospitals the charity also boasts its own support and therapy service at its headquarters in Wellingborough, both of which are very-much needed and very popular. Money is raised through many organised events put on by the charity, the annual Walk being, by far, the biggest annual event; events organised by others and donations given by groups, individuals and companies. The charity receives no grants.
Breast cancer is, undoubtedly, a very serious subject but somehow, everyone involved with the charity is passionate about the work being done, basically because most have ‘been there’ either as a patient or as a carer. The atmosphere is always positive and a lot of fun is had. We hope that by looking at this site you will feel the vibes and will want to become involved.
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Crazy Hats has now donated approx. £800,000 to various departments at Northampton General Hospital - our most recent donation being £68,000 for the breast screening department. Read our latest Newsletter for more information!!! Similar amounts will soon be passed over to KGH with many more projects looming ......
We were thrilled to learn we had been nominated for an award in this year's Pride of Northamptonshire Awards. A large group of us attended the Awards Evening held at Wicksteed Park and celebrated when it was announced we had won the Northamptonshire Community Award as well as being a finalist in the Fundraiser of the Year Category. This is a first for Crazy Hats! Well done to Marilyn too for being a finalist in the Unsung Hero Award and the Fundraiser of the Year category. Special thanks to Gill for nominating us.x
Please read our latest Newsletter to learn what we have been up to over the past few weeks and what we will be doing in the forthcoming weeks and months. We had a good summer break but are now raring to go! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we will be out and about in the shopping centres around the county promoting our new merchandise and, no doubt, meeting and chatting with many more people
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