The Bob Willis Fund

Ron’s March For Prostate Cancer

England Cricket Seniors Walks 2022 – 2024

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Having joined Jeff Stelling, March for Men, in 2017 to raise funds for prostate cancer research, a year later Ron Hedley was diagnosed with prostate and bone cancer in November 2018. He spread the message that this disease would affect 1 in 8 men and encouraged men to get checked. 

Through his work with Buckinghamshire Over 60’s and Over 70’s cricket, Ron had a large audience to alert for PSA testing. With the help of many teammates, friends and celebrities Ron organised a cricket match, lunch and auction then nine walks which ended with a lunch in which Allan Lamb and Mick Harford, both prostate cancer sufferers, joined 80 other people to raise funds. The three initiatives have so far raised £19,000 for prostate cancer research.

Having thought the second lunch would be the end of his fundraising Ron was inspired, after talking to the CEO of Prostate Cancer UK and to the wife of Bob Willis, Lauren Clark, that maybe one more walk should be arranged. The one more walk has now become potentially 33 walks across England and Wales. The idea is that every County playing Over 60s cricket organises a walk in their County and gets their players to join Ron and donate to the cause. There are 32 Counties in England and Wales that could potentially organise a walk. To accommodate so many possible walks Ron has set a date of the 15th of September 2024, his 75th birthday, for the final walk to take place.

We are delighted to announce that several Counties have already agreed to organise a walk. We thank Wiltshire, Norfolk, Berkshire, Essex, Surrey and Kent who have been in touch to schedule a walk in their County in the near future.

Read all about Ron’s previous walks via our news page here

Silver Stumps Podcast

Listen to Ron talking about his walks on Silver Stumps – the Over 60s Cricket Podcast, joining hosts Grant Timms and Trevor Lee.

Upcoming Walks

Friday 17th May 2024 – Essex Seniors Walk
Central Park Café, Chelmsford CM1 1LQ
Essex Seniors have arranged a second walk in aid of Ron’s March we thank them so much. The walk will be from Central Park Café, Chelmsford CM1 1LQ to The Cloud County Ground, New Writtle Street, Chelmsford CM2 0PQ on Friday 17th May 2024. Walkers will be given a ticket to attend the day’s play. We will be also to walk around the outfield during the tea interval to publicise our campaign.

Listen to Phil Mitchell’s brilliant interview on BBC Radio Essex here – Phil is on at 50:10

Friday 14th June 2024 – Derbyshire Charity Foundation Walk
We are delighted to have been invited to join the Derbyshire CCC Charity Foundation fundraising walks again in 2024. Walkers will receive tickets to watch the evening T20 match between Derbyshire CCC and Northamptonshire CCC. Details to be confirmed. There will be a 20 mile walk and a 5-mile walk. It was such great fun in 2023.

Thursday 20th June 2024 – Staffordshire Seniors Walk
The walk will be from Millford Hall CC, where walkers will be able to watch the National Cricket Seniors Over 70s match between Staffordshire Over 70s and Lancashire Over 70s. The walk will be partly through the grounds of The National Trust property Shugborough Hall. The House is magnificent and well worth a visit.

Sunday 23rd June 2024 – Cheshire Seniors Walk
Warrington CC, Warrington Sports Club, Walton Lea Road, Higher Walton, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 6SJ
Details to be confirmed.

Sunday 14th July 2024 – Lincolnshire CCC Over 60s
As part of Lincolnshire Over 60s playing against the Pakistan National Over 60s at Sleaford CC. There will be a walk at 10.30am and another starting at 11.00am. Walkers can then watch the match after the walks.

Plans are underway with Northamptonshire Seniors Over 60s for them to organise a walk in the near future. We hope more counties, who have not yet organised a walk, will plan one this year. We know we are making a difference, so please get in touch if your county can organise a walk.

We are more than happy to continue walking with counties after the celebration day at Lords Cricket Ground on Sunday 15th September 2024.

Two counties have already suggested they would like to walk, again, for the cause in 2025.

To join a walk or for further information, please contact Ron Hedley at rjhatters1@yahoo.co.uk

Money raised will go to The Bob Willis Fund and support key Prostate Cancer UK Projects.

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