Sir Ian Botham’s charity walk, which came through Norwich, ends sadly as cricket legend’s mother dies

Sir Ian Botham's charity walk, which came through Norwich last week, ended on a sad note after the cricket legend had to rush to his dying mother's hospital bedside.

Last Thursday the eighth leg of Beefy's Great British Walk 2012 came through Norwich as part of the 10-day challenge to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Research Charity.

The 56-year-old ended his fundraising walk in London on Saturday and was then flown straight to Somerset via helicopter to be with his family.

Sir Ian and his family were with Marie Botham at Yeovil District Hospital as she passed away on Sunday, aged 85, due to organ failure after contracting septicaemia.

The former England all-rounder has raised over �13m through his charity efforts over the years and was hoping to raise �15,000 through this year's walk, which also travelled between Wroxham and Aylsham along the Bure Valley Railway line.

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