Sir Ian Botham took to the ice to meet up with children who have survived leukaemia at a special ice skating event at Canary Wharf Ice Rink on 5 January in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Beefy’s Great British Walk 2012.
The children have been chosen as local heroes to walk with Beefy in April in each of the 10 towns he will visit on his 14th walk to beat childhood blood cancer. And while they enjoyed the skating, Beefy welcomed fans at the Moose cafe beside the ice rink.
20 per cent of all ticket sales in January and proceeds at the cafe for the evening were donated to our charity.
Before their ice skating treat, our local heroes and their families went to NikeTown at London’s Oxford Circus to design special trainers to wear on the walk with Sir Ian, who is President of our charity.
Sir Ian says: “These brave children will be joining the walk this year and you can too. They had a whale of a time designing some trainers at NikeTown and then tried to persuade me to go ice skating, but the bar was much warmer!”
Since his first legendary walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End, Beefy has been determined to beating childhood blood cancers – raising over £13 million for blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
In 1985 only 20% of children survived the most common form of childhood leukaemia, now more than 90% survive this disease. But there are still children and teenagers losing their battle. Sir Ian is determined to keep walking until every child survives blood cancers.
Beefy’s Great British Walk 2012 will take Sir Ian through 10 towns in 10 days, starting in Drumpellier Park, Glasgow, and finishing at Ham House & Garden, Richmond, London.
Sign up now to join Beefy when he walks through a town near you: www.beatingbloodcancers.org.uk/beefywalk2012