It is one month until 56-year-old Chris Cottam from Wokingham, Berkshire begins his epic 1000 mile walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise funds for three charities and three legends of English cricket have given video messages of support.
The IT Business consultant begins his walk on April 15th and former England captain and current Sky Sports commentator Sir Ian Botham OBE, a veteran of twelve long distance fundraising walks himself, took time out of the recent England Test Series in South Africa to record a message of encouragement for Chris.
Warwickshire and England batsmen Ian Bell MBE and Jonathan Trott also recorded messages of support for the father of two who is raising funds for Cure Leukaemia, Breast Cancer UK and the Holte School.
For most the standard walk would be a serious challenge however Chris has decided to make it ‘BIG’ by adding climbs of the three highest peaks in the UK; Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon to his route.
Chris was interviewed by Anne Diamond on BBC Berkshire with 1 month to go until his challenge begins - listen below:
Chris’ wife Hazel has successfully battled breast cancer twice hence his support of the UK’s leading Breast Cancer prevention charity Breast Cancer UK. Chris has lost a number of family, friends and associates to blood cancer culminating in the passing of his sister-in-law Ruxi last year so he has chosen to fundraise for Cure Leukaemia. As a Governor of the Holt School Chris is keen to help the school build a new sixth form centre hence the support for their charitable trust.
Chris, who lives in the village of Winnersh said:
“I was thrilled to receive the messages of support from three of England’s most successful cricketers but especially from Sir Ian. His previous long distance walks to fundraise for leukaemia research were certainly a big inspiration for me when I decided to take on this challenge.
I hope having the backing from three high profile sportsmen helps to boost my fundraising for three charities that are very close to my heart.”
He continued, “I am really keen to not only boost donations but also to encourage people to join me for the days I am taking on the three peaks so if anyone would like to join me for Ben Nevis on May 1st, Scafell Pike on May 15th or Snowdon May 29th I’d really appreciate some company! Email email@example.com to join me.”
Speaking about Chris’s challenge, CEO of Cure Leukaemia James McLaughlin said,
“After meeting Chris I was struck by his determination to not only take on this epic challenge but also raise significant funds for his chosen causes.
Given the personal experiences he has had with blood cancer I am sure his story will strike a chord with the public. Every penny Chris raises for Cure Leukaemia will go towards helping people who are battling this terrible disease every day, these funds will help save lives.”
To donate to Chris’ cause go to www.ChrisBigJogle.com