Botham walks to city

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SIR Ian Botham is to pass through Sheffield on a fundraising walk across the country to raise money for charity.

The former international cricketer will pass through 10 towns and cities in 10 days in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Sir Ian, former England captain, was joined by 13 children diagnosed with the illness as he launched his Great British Walk 2012.

The 55-year-old, who is president of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, has collected £12 million for the charity since his first charity walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 1985.

He said: “These kids are living proof of the improvements in treatments that have been achieved since my first walk in 1985.

“But children are still dying and for those that survive, the treatments can be gruelling.

“I never forget why I put myself through the pain and blisters. But I need people to sign up to join me on the walk and start fundraising.

“We need to ensure that every child diagnosed with one of these blood cancers will survive.

“I won’t stop until we’ve beaten childhood blood cancer, but I can’t do it without you.”

Sir Ian will complete up to 20 miles a day during his walk, which starts in Glasgow city centre on April 12 and finishes at the National Trust’s Ham House and Garden in Richmond, Surrey, on April 21.

His walk will take him through Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Cardiff, Norwich and Cambridge.