Sir Ian Botham has been in South Wales to launch his latest walk – which it is hoped will help raise £3m for the NSPCC.
The England cricket legend unveiled Beefy’s Big Welsh Walk at the Vale Resort, Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan.
The summer walk will see Sir Ian trek from Burry Port on August 6 to Cardiff Bay on August 8 and marks the start of the NSPCC Wales Appeal which aims to raise £3m in three years.
We at The Trade Centre Wales are constantly looking for ways to help the NSPCC which is why we give the NSPCC a cheque for £7,250 on the launch! We also plan on getting as many able members of our staff involved in the walk!
It comes after Sir Ian’s previous charity work which has also seen him raise vital funds towards the Noah’s Ark Appeal to build Wales’ first children’s hospital.
Chair of the NSPCC Wales Appeal board Sir Stanley Thomas said: “That raised the profile of that particular charity. I just hope Sir Ian can do exactly the same for the NSPCC
“Without any shadow of a doubt, this man loves Wales and deserves all the honours he has been given and I’m delighted to call him a great friend.”
Among others to have pledged their support are Max Boyce, Gareth Edwards and even Catherine Zeta Jones who has said she and husband Michael Douglas will be at the start of the walk if they are in Wales this August as they often are.
But anyone can join and it is hoped at least 200 people who have raised £200 will join Beefy on each day of the walk.
Asked if a 5-0 Ashes whitewash and £3m or more raised for the NSPCC Wales Appeal would make a perfect summer, Sir Ian replied: “I thought there was 12 matches so 12-0 will do.
“It seemed a sensible time – schools are on holidays so we can get as many people as possible.
“Hopefully we can generate a lot more than what Sir Stanley is hoping for. That’s what I tell him: ‘Don’t set targets.’”
He added: “We want children and pushchairs, children in wheelchairs, the dog on the lead. We want to accommodate everyone and have some fun.”
The walk will begin with a nine-mile walk from Burry Port to Gateway Holiday Park on Tuesday August 6 before a nine-mile walk from Caswell Bay to Swansea Marine Museum on Wednesday August 7.
It will finish in Cardiff Bay after setting off from Swanbridge on Thursday August 8 ahead of Beefy’s Big Welsh Ball, held at The Vale Resort that evening.
For more information, visit www.nspcc.co.uk/beefy or contact the NSPCC Wales Fundraising team on 0203 188 3658.