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The cancer patient whose charity has raised more than £2m

Glennis Hooper set up the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal. Photo: ITV News Anglia

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one woman's diagnosis, more than a decade ago, has led to millions of pounds being raised for hospitals.

Glennis Hooper, who set up the charity Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal in Northamptonshire, was a headteacher when she was diagnosed with cancer 14 years ago.

The Crazy Hats Breast Cancer appeal has raised more than £2 million. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The drugs weren't nice, but losing my hair, it's such a personal thing and I honestly didn't like it.

"So, my best friend and I, we went into a big department store and trying hats on, as you do, and we got the giggles and I suppose there was a light bulb moment.

"I thought, our kids at school would love this, little bit of a mufti day, wear a crazy hat, raise a little bit of money for the hospital."

– Glennis Hooper
Wearing crazy hats raised cash for cancer equipment and treatment. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The charity has raised more than two million pounds for breast cancer care in local hospitals.

At Kettering General, hundreds of thousands have gone towards state-of-the-art equipment and finishing touches to make patients feel more at home.

And outside hospital - a different kind of treatment - free therapy sessions for patients and their carers.

The services the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal provide are so popular the charity's now looking for a bigger base.

It hopes it can keep supporting people with breast cancer for decades to come.