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28th October 2013
Physio Ready For Beefy Challenge

Lancashire's Medical Services Director David Roberts will be joining Sir Ian Botham on the England legend's latest charity walk - a gruelling eight day, 160-mile trek across Sri Lanka.

Botham, who has raised over 20 million for charity, will be fighting the crippling heat and humidity of Sri Lanka over an eight-day 160-mile trek in aid of Laureus Sports Foundation for Goodness, which helps communities in the country that have been ravaged by years of civil war and the 2004 tsunami.

Alongside him will his good friend Roberts who will be ensuring Botham's body stands up to the intensity of the walk.

Botham said: "We are going into the unknown with this walk. It will be around 40 degrees in Sri Lanka and 97 per cent humidity. So I need the best man for the job, and that is Rooster (Roberts). He knows my body inside out.

“This project is very important to me. I saw the horrendous scenes left behind by the tsunami there, it was like something out of a horror movie.

“Laureus has done some amazing work there already, but there is more to be done and I want to help. So I need someone with me who I can trust, and that’s Rooster. We see him as part of the family.”

Roberts added: “With the heat and humidity, managing the amount of fluids he takes on will be crucial.

“He has realised this one is going to be tough and has taken it very seriously. Beefy loves a challenge and is very generous in every area of his life. He would rather put himself through some pain to try and stop other people suffering.”

Botham, who will be joined for part of the walk by other cricket legends including former Lancashire spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, begins his journey on November 1.