Harleston teen to join Sir Ian Botham on charity walk

A sixteen-year-old blood cancer survivor from Harleston joined Sir Ian Botham at London's NikeTown in Oxford Circus for a trainer-designing event this month in support of charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Fleur Guyton, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1998, together with a group of children who have all been affected by blood cancer, had the opportunity to design a pair of Nike trainers to wear when she joins Sir Ian on the Norwich leg of his Great British Walk 2012.

Fleur has been chosen as a local hero to join 'Beefy' on Thursday, April 19, the eighth stage of Sir Ian's 14th walk to beat childhood blood cancer.

Sir Ian said: 'These brave children will be joining the walk this year and you can too.'

Since his first legendary walk from John O'Groats to Land's End, Sir Ian has been determined to beat childhood blood cancers – raising more than �13m for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

In 1985, only 20pc of children survived the childhood leukaemia, now more than 90pc survive the most common form of this disease. But there are still youngsters losing their battle.

'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 who survive, the treatments can be gruelling,' said Sir Ian. 'I need people to sign up to join me on the walk and start fundraising.'

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Beefy's Great British Walk 2012 will take Sir Ian through 10 towns in 10 days, starting in Drumpellier Park, Glasgow, and finishing at Ham House & Garden, Richmond, London.

To sign up to join Beefy when he walks through a town near you, visit beatingbloodcancers.org.uk/beefywalk2012

For information about the charity, including patient information booklets, visit beatingbloodcancers.org.uk or call 020 7405 0101.

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