Sports and entertainment stars are teaming up to support a new charity in memory of legendary English cricketer Bob Willis.
Her hero Bob Dylan is among those who support the Bob Willis Fund, which aims to raise awareness and raise funds for research to improve the detection and diagnosis of prostate cancer.
1981 Headingley champion and Sky Sports expert Willis passed away in December 2019 at the age of 70.
His wife Lauren Clark and brother David Willis started the box, and said, “We can never accept that Bob was kidnapped at such a young age.
His loss is devastating.
A man dies of prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK.
“We knew we had to use Bob’s legacy to try to prevent other families from suffering like us.”
Willis added Dylan as a middle name when he was 16 and adored the American singer-songwriter after seeing him in prom in 1965.
Dylan agreed to become the honorary sponsor of the fund and said, “Bob Willis was a great athlete and he left very early.
“I am happy to help keep his flame alive and keep his case alive.”
Songwriter Sir Tim Rice, a friend of percussionists and a big fan of cricket, is also a patron, and his ambassadors include former Prime Minister Sir John Major, Sir Ian Botham, Michael Atherton, David Lloyd and Michael Holding.
Sir Tim said, “My family has been severely affected by prostate cancer so I directly appreciate how important it is to support the Bob Willis Trust to fight this disease, or at least to limit its rate significantly.”
Fans attending a one-day event in England and Pakistan on July 13 were invited to wear blue at an event with the hashtag #BlueforBob.
They were also asked to share the videos on social media using the hashtag #BowlLikeBob to mimic his famous move, with his long arms flapping which Graham Gooch said was like “a look trying to take off from a runway.”
Cricket fans are welcome to share their typography attempts online, with the best of them featured on Sky.
The main beneficiary of this year’s effort will be prostate cancer in the United Kingdom, in support of a UK-based research project.
Its director, Dr Matthew Hobbs, said: “We are proud to work with the Bob Willis Fund and are delighted that prostate cancer in the UK is the primary beneficiary of Blue For Bob Day.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, and the funds raised will be extremely vital in helping us reduce the damage it causes. “
To donate, please visit BobWillisFund.org.