TWO March cricketers are to walk alongside one of the country’s cricketing legends in April to help raise cash for charity.
March Town Cricket Club chairman Les Mills and club fixtures secretary Pat Ringham have secured a place to walk with Sir Ian Botham on part of his latest charity trek around Great Britain.
Botham, known to fans as Beefy, is planning to walk 150 miles during April, taking in various cities and National Trust Parks.
On April 20 he will be walking from Cambridge to Wimpole Hall.
Les (59) and Pat (60) have both paid to join the walk and are now busy signing up sponsors for their part in the trek, which entails them walking five miles around Wimpole Hall with Beefy himself.
Beefy has been raising cash to help beat blood cancers since 1985 and has so far raised more than £13 million with his efforts, which included walking the length of Britain from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
Les explained Pat discovered information about “Beefy’s Great British Walk 2012” on the internet and immediately suggested the pair sign up for the Cambrideshire walk.
“I actually lost my wife Linda to a cancer of the blood six years ago, so it is something that has significance to me,” explained Les, who added the pair were both excited at the prospect of meeting the former England cricketer on the day.
“Obviously the chance of meeting Ian Botham did appeal to us, as we are both big cricket fans and he is such a legend. But we also like the idea of helping such a good cause at the same time,” added Les, who said he has bought a pair of walking boots especially for the occasion.
n To sponsor the pair, who have known each other since school, visit their justgiving pages: www.justgiving.com/pat-ringham or www.justgiving.com/les-millsbeefywalk