A quick history behind Beefy's walks
Whilst seeing his surgeon about an injury Sir Ian had to walk through the children’s ward. He stopped to speak to four boys playing cards, as he left he said, “See you in two weeks when I’m back for my assessment.” The doctor quietly replied, “They won’t be here, they have leukaemia.”
Sir Ian wanted to do something about this and decided to fundraise for vital research into blood cancers. While walking in the lake district with his wife Kathy, he made up his mind to do a walk to raise both money and awareness for this form of cancer.
In 1985 Sir Ian set off on his first ever walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. The walk took 35 days and raised over £1 Million. It also started a trend.
Now, 15 walks later, including the first ever walk outside of Europe which took place in Sri Lanka in 2013 and with over £13 Million raised and more walks planned for the future, the success of his campaigning has been proven.
Endorsement from Cathy Gilman, Chief Executive Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, benefiting charity of Previous Walks:
“Ian Botham’s Walks since 1985 have raised many £ millions to beat blood cancer. Since Beefy began supporting research in to childhood leukaemia, survival has been completely turned on its head, in 1985 it was just 20%, now 91% for the most common childhood leukaemia.
This tremendous achievement was thanks to a huge voluntary effort led very much by the Botham family. Friends and family generously donated their time to ensure success was delivered on every walk.
More recently the sponsorship and logistics of the walks have been led by Ian’s daughter Sarah. This has led to an impressive line up of high quality brands working in partnership, M&S, Jaguar Landrover, Hotel du Vin to name but a few.
Each partner has benefited from national media coverage as well as the opportunity for team building and the feel good factor that philanthropic support with such clarity of purpose and sense of achievement can bring.
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has been very fortunate to benefit from the raised profile and income that involvement with the Botham family and activity like this can bring and I wish everyone involved in the Beefy SRI Lankan Walk in association with the Laureus Sports Foundation the success that they undoubtedly deserve.”
Cathy Gilman, Chief Executive Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
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