Hats off to local charity making a major difference for breast cancer care patients
THEY might sport crazy, bubblegum pink hats, but the brains beneath them are anything but nuts!
The Crazy Hats Appeal is a fundraising powerhouse, working across Northamptonshire, aiming to generate millions to help enhance facilities and improve care for breast cancer patients.
And the busy brains behind the appeal have just donated £66,736 to Kettering General Hospital (KGH).
The charity – which has raised £900,000 for the hospital over the last 14 years – will buy three new state-of-the-art gamma probes used to check whether cancer has spread.
Executive fundraiser, former headteacher Glennis Hooper – who founded the charity back in 2001 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer – said: “We are thrilled to be able to present KGH with this large sum of money, knowing that the equipment we are purchasing for the consultant surgeons will make a significant difference to the outcomes of patients when they undergo surgery for breast cancer.
“This is what Crazy Hats is all about – making a difference.
“When the gamma probes were first introduced several years ago, we purchased three for the hospital.
“Now, as technology improves, so too must we keep abreast of new and updated equipment that is vital in helping patients and the surgeons.
“We sincerely thank everyone locally and beyond who has contributed to this huge donation by means of making donations, organising fundraising events or coming along to our events.
“Their loyal and continued support for Crazy Hats is truly appreciated.”
Lead breast care nurse at KGH, Karen Roberts, said: “The three new probes will be used to perform sentinel lymph node biopsies which is a key part of the treatment and staging of breast cancer which determines further treatments and prognosis of the disease.
“This procedure is an accurate and minimally invasive technique which minimises the risk of complications for patients. “
Associate general manager for surgery, Mairead Lacken-Hillery, said: “Working in close partnership with the Crazy Hats Appeal over the last 14 years has enabled us to make some very significant improvements to the facilities we provide for breast cancer patients.
“We work very closely with the appeal to ensure that monies donated improve the care and experience at the patients here at KGH.
“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of the Crazy Hats Appeal team and indeed to the local people who help support KGH and patient care through Crazy Hats’ fundraising initiatives.”
The Crazy Hats Appeal, to date, has raised about £1.8m for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.
The charity will continue to support both hospitals with other initiatives and is now working towards creating a purpose-built breast cancer haven in the county.
Join the walkers – wear a crazy hat!
THE Crazy Hats appeal is holding its 14th annual fundraising walk on Sunday March 20 (from 10.30am) at Wicksteed Park. The walk attracts thousands of people, with all proceeds going towards ongoing support of breast cancer patients at Kettering and Northampton hospitals. All ages can take part and walkers are encouraged to wear ‘crazy hats’! Awards will be made, sponsored by local companies. For more details, visit: crazyhatsbreastcancerappeal.co.uk You are encouraged to register in advance online for the walk, but can also sign up the day.
Pictured above – VITAL SUPPORT: Consultant oncoplastic breast surgeons Gavin Wilson and Alexandra Knight receive the latest donation for more than £66k from appeal founder Glennis Hooper and the Crazy Hats team.