Bob Champion faces kidney operation after he completes fundraising 40th anniversary walk

On Saturday this week, Bob Champion will complete the last ‘leg’ of #Bobs40For40Challenge, sponsored by Wasdell Group, by riding a chestnut horse up the same Sussex lane Aldaniti paraded as he returned home victorious from Aintree 40 years ago.

Grand National winning jockey and cancer survivor Bob Champion pictured at the 12th stop of his charity walk at Jonjo O’Neill’s yard Jackdaws Castle in the Cotswolds raising funds for the Bob Champion Cancer Trust.
Bob is half way through his marathon trek which started from Aintree on 11 April, the day after the Randox Grand National 2021, the 191 mile route represents the 191 days from Bob’s diagnosis on 24th July 1979, his months of gruelling treatment to then receiving the all clear on January 31 1980 before going on to win the Grand National the following year.

This comes as he admitted yesterday that he faces an operation in the next few weeks to remove a tumour on his kidney.

He said:” I had a very bad back pain just before I started my walk and scans showed I have a tumour on my kidney which needs removing. I was determined I would carry on with my 40th anniversary walk since raising money for the Bob Champion Cancer Trust has been my life’s work and I didn’t want to fall at the final fence when the money is still much needed.

“So far we have raised more than £55,000 and money is still coming in. Thank you to my sponsor Wasdell Group, and everyone who has walked and supported me.”

His 191-mile linear route to mark the 191 days of cancer treatment he underwent, started at Aintree on Sunday April 11, and has taken in many trainer’s gallops along the way. It will finish at 10.30am on Saturday 15 May as Bob, pictured below, walks a few miles on the famous Findon Gifford gallops, where Aldaniti was trained, as well as riding a horse not dissimilar to Aldaniti.

Members of the public are welcome to join him on his walk which continues on May 11 from Chris Gordon’s stables at Winchester, then Barkfold Manor KIrdford. On May 12 he will go to :
Gary Moore – Lower Beeding
David Menuisier – Pulborough 
Amanda Perrett – Pulborough 
Luke Dace – Pulborough

Then on May 14 he will visit Richard Rowe’s yard at Storrington, and Suzy Smith at Angmering before his final stop on May 15 at Nick Gifford’s yard at Findon.

Bob can be supported here by donating to:

1 thought on “Bob Champion faces kidney operation after he completes fundraising 40th anniversary walk

  1. What a battler Bob is.
    Watched ‘ Champions’ with my daughters the other day, inspired by them showing an interest in the Grand National

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