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Barmy Army answer Beefy's call to beat childhood blood cancer

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25 May 2011

The England Cricket team’s most passionate supporters, the Barmy Army, will turn a section of Cardiff’s Swalec Stadium red on Saturday 28 May to help Sir Ian Botham beat childhood blood cancers.  

Around 60 members of the group, renowned for following the England team all over the world, will meet Beefy during day three of the 1st Test against Sri Lanka to announce a five-year partnership with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Together with volunteers from our Cardiff Branch, the Barmy Army will wear red throughout the day to show their support.

Sir Ian, President of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, has walked thousands of miles for the charity raising more than £13 million towards its lifesaving research into blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Paul Burnham, co-founder of the Barmy Army, said: “Beefy was a magnificent player but what he has achieved away from the game is even more remarkable. The Barmy Army love cricket and are committed to supporting the England team. We’re proud to back Beefy in his battle to beat childhood blood cancers.”
 
“We’ll be wearing the red of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Wales during the day. No one will forget the last match at Cardiff for a very long time and hopefully we’re in for another fantastic summer.”

Determined to help the legendary all-rounder, the Barmy Army plan to hold a number of fundraising events throughout the partnership and join Sir Ian on his next walk in April 2012. Beefy will once again walk to beat childhood blood cancers in ten cities across Great Britain, including Cardiff.
 
Sir Ian, President of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “The Barmy Army has given me incredible support over the years. I won’t stop walking until every child with a blood cancer survives but I can’t do it without people like them.”

Join Beefy on his 2012 walk to beat childhood blood cancer!

Beefy will be lacing up his trainers once again in April and walking to beat childhood blood cancer.