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Breast cancer survivor raises millions for other women diagnosed with disease

Glennis Hooper has been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman from Wellingborough who’s raised £3 million to help women diagnosed with breast cancer has been nominated for the Pride of Britain award.

Glennis Hooper co-founded 'Crazy Hats' a short time after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2001.

It was a way to encourage conversation about the disease as well as raise money to fund better treatment in Northamptonshire.

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This was 17 years ago and honestly, I didn't know anyone else with breast cancer, it wasn't talked about, and part of the treatment of having breast cancer meant I lost my hair, and I didn't like wearing wigs I didn't like wearing the bandanas so chose to wear hats, and I suddenly had what they call a lightbulb moment, thinking.

– Glennis Hooper, Pride of Britain nominee

The former headteacher then got a local school involved, with the children making ‘crazy hats’.

She still visits schools to talk about cancer and the charity. Credit: ITV Anglia.

To date they’ve raised around £3 million, the majority of which has gone to both Northampton and Kettering Hospital.

A lot of the money is raised through an annual walk they do every year. Credit: ITV Anglia.

My dream is to have a dedicated purpose-built breast cancer support centre in Northamptonshire. We're waiting for it. It's needed.

– Glennis Hooper, Pride of Britain nominee

She also hosts a coffee morning once a week where women with breast cancer can meet and support each other.

  • Glennis Hooper is one of four contenders from the west of the ITV News Anglia region shortlisted for the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards. One will be selected to represent the region.

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