Twenty five years after his first legendary walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End, Sir Ian Botham will set out again for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research on his special 25th anniversary walk to beat childhood leukaemia.
Sir Ian started his 2010 walk from outside Marks & Spencer in Market Street, Manchester on Saturday, 10 April. He then walked for 10 miles through the city to the stunning Heaton Park to walk with members of the public who are also fundraising for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Five-year-old leukaemia patient Ian Shepherd from Stockport met Sir Ian at start the walk and Ian and his family also walked with the cricketing legend at Heaton Park.
In 1985, only 20% of children survived the most common form of childhood leukaemia, now 90% survive this disease. But there are still children for whom the outlook is not so good and Sir Ian is determined to make sure every child survives leukaemia.
Beefy will walk through ten towns over ten days from 10-19 April:
- Manchester on 10 April
- Birmingham on 11 April
- Worcester on 12 April
- Bristol on 13 April
- Winchester on 14 April
- Epsom and Sutton on 15 April
- Reading on 16 April
- Milton Keynes on 17 April
- Chelmsford on 18 April
- London on 19 April
Sir Ian, President of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says: “My walk in 2010 is extra special for me as it marks 25 years since I did my first walk, and also the 50th birthday of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. I never forget why I put myself through the pain and blisters. I won’t stop until we beat childhood leukaemia, but I can’t do it without you.”