Bradley meets Sir Ian at skate date

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AN eleven-year-old boy was bowled over when he met cricket legend Sir Ian Botham.

Bradley Smith, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2007, met the former star at a special ice skating event at Canary Wharf Ice Rink in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Sir Ian, known as ‘Beefy’, chatted to young skaters at the event on January 5.

Bradley, from Tattenhoe, will join ‘Beefy’ on the London leg of his Great British Walk 2012 on Saturday April 21, the final stage of Sir Ian’s 14th walk to beat childhood blood cancer.

Sir Ian said: “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 that survive, the treatments can be gruelling,”

Beefy’s Great British Walk 2012 will take Sir Ian through 10 towns in 10 days. People can sign up to join Beefy at beatingbloodcancers.org.uk/beefywalk2012