Bill Bailey and fellow comics walk 100 miles in Stand Up To Cancer fundraiser
Bailey is walking The Ridgeway trail in tribute to his mother Madryn, who died of bowel cancer in 2005.
Comedian Bill Bailey has begun a 100-mile cancer fundraising walk along Britain’s “oldest road” in memory of his late nurse mother.
The funnyman, 53, is walking The Ridgeway trail in tribute to “real life-force” mum Madryn, who died of bowel cancer in 2005.
A troupe of comics, including Jo Brand, Lee Mack and Kevin Eldon, will join him on the six-day trek along the ancient southern England pathway.
Bailey, who began walking on Monday, said: “Mum was a great character – a huge personality and a real life-force. She sang and played piano.
“When cancer came calling it was devastating for the whole family. I miss her all the time.”
The comic described the route as a “real hidden gem” and said the group will do the hike back-to-front.
He said: “Most people walk it west to east because the wind is at your back. But I say ‘nah!’… I’m going rogue for Stand Up To Cancer and going the other way.
“Plus if I’m walking into the wind, my hair does that thing like a dog hanging out of the car window… much cooler.”
The walkers will cover some 15 miles a day, traversing the Chiltern Hills and the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The idea follows the walk Bailey did for his 50th birthday, when he raised £12,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Lynn Daly, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman, said: “We’re very grateful to Bill and his mates for their support.
“And we’re urging everyone to follow in their footsteps – not literally, unless they really want to trek 100 miles!”
Stand Up To Cancer, launched in Britain in 2012, is a campaign run by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 to fund trials and research projects.
To support Bill’s walk, text BILL5 to 70404 to donate £5, BILL10 to donate £10, or donate online.