The Bob Willis Fund

Posted: April 17 2024



The overnight rain had made play impossible at the Kent County Ground but an impressive turn out of over a hundred walkers had gathered to support Ron Hedley on the Kentish leg of his series of walks to raise funds for the Bob Willis Fund and further research into a better for prostate cancer.

Ron Hedley, a keen Over 70’s cricketer from Buckinghamshire, has garnered support from senior cricketers all over the land and he is in the middle of a series of fund raising walks starting and finishing at each of the eighteen first class county grounds. Ron is partly motivated by his own diagnosis of the disease some time ago and this has fuelled the tremendous energy he has shown as he powers his way around the country pursued by many enthusiastic supporters.

He was delighted to be joined in Canterbury by the Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket Rob Key a former captain of the Kent county side and double centurion for England at Lord’s some years ago. Rob chatted his way around the town with a number of cricket enthusiasts who were keen to give him lots of advice as to how best to organise the England cricket team. One of Bob Willis’ oldest friends from his Warwickshire days, the former England fast bowler Gladstone Small, also joined the walk and his cheery smile enlivened the morning as the group made its ways though the highways and byways of the ancient city.

At the end of the day’s walking Ron and some of his friends were entertained to lunch by the Kent County Club. His next adventure will be at Edgbaston on 12th April.


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