Sir Ian Botham met up with 10 children with leukaemia who will join him in each of the towns he will visit on his special 25th anniversary to beat childhood leukaemia in April.
Since his first legendary walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, Beefy has been dedicated to beating childhood leukaemia.
The children, aged between three and 11, are living proof of improvements in treatments that have been achieved since Beefy’s first walk 25 years ago.
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.
Sir Ian, who is President of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says: "My walk in 2010 will be extra special for me as it marks 25 years since I did my first walk, and also the 50th birthday for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
"I never forget why I put myself through the pain and blisters. But I need people to sign up and join me on the walk and help ensure that every child diagnosed with one of these blood cancers will survive. I won’t stop until we beat childhood leukaemia, but I can’t do it without you."
Beefy's 2010 walk
Beefy will be walking through ten towns over ten days from 10-19 April. The 10 children who will represent charity will each join him on different stages of his walk. Every day Beefy will complete an approximate 10-mile route starting from the local Marks & Spencer in the town centre before joining people who have raised sponsorship in a local park.
The route will take in:
10 April - Manchester (Heaton Park)
11 April - Birmingham (Sutton Park)
12 April - Worcester (Croome Park)
13 April - Bristol (Ashton Court Estate)
14 April - Winchester (Mottisfont Abbey)
15 April - Epsom (Epsom Racecourse)
16 April - Reading (Thames Tow Path)
17 April - Milton Keynes (Willen Lake & Campbell Park)
18 April - Chelmsford (Hylands Park)
19 April - London (Hyde Park)
Find out more
Sir Ian says: "I need people to sign up now and make this my best walk ever." If you would like to join Sir Ian on one of his walks please phone 020 7685 5143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.beefy25.com. Alternatively people can sponsor Beefy on www.justgiving.com/beefy