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Beefy Botham's Great British Walk for cancer charity

Sir Ian Botham will kick of his 14th fundraising walk to raise money Leukaemia And Lymphoma Research. Photo: PA

Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham will kick off a 10 day walk through the UK today in a bid to raise money for Leukaemia And Lymphoma Research.

He will walk over 150 miles on his 14th walk for the charity, beginning in Glasgow and finishing in London. Here's a look at the route he'll be taking for his Great British Walk:

  • 12th April: Glasgow
  • 13th April: Newcastle and Gateshead
  • 14th April: Leeds
  • 15th April: Manchester
  • 16th April: Sheffield
  • 17th April: Birmingham
  • 18th April: Cardiff
  • 19th April: Norwich
  • 20th April: Cambridge
  • 21st April: London

Throughout his journey he will be joined by young patients who are either being treated for the disease or are in remission. One of those will be eight-year-old Ben Charlton, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, just one week after he lost his grandfather to cancer.

His mum Lynn said: "Ben is just the cheeky chap he always was, you wouldn't think that there's anything wrong. We are just so grateful to our doctor who was so quick at spotting the symptoms. If it wasn't for him we might be telling a very different story."

Sir Ian said: "I need people to sign up and join me on the walk and help ensure that every child diagnosed with blood cancers, including leukaemia and lymphoma, survives. I won't stop until we beat childhood blood cancer, but I can't do it without you."

He will also have support from Celtic boss Neil Lennon on the first leg of the route. The manager is an old friend and former team-mate of Stillian Petrov, who was recently diagnosed with leukaemia.

Online registration for all the walks has now closed, but people can sign up on the day. Entry costs £15 for adults and £5 for under 12s. The charity asks people to try to raise £150 in sponsorship.

For more information visit the Leukaemia And Lymphoma Research website.