Serge Pizzorno to participate in charity walk

A FIT and focused Jim Leishman sets out on an 81 mile-trek on Wednesday to try and help raise £100,000 in memory of his late wife Mary.

The slimmed-down Pars legend will be joined by friends, family and stars from the football and entertainment world as he walks from the Tay Bridge to the Forth Bridge.

And former players – such as Istvan Kozma – could help him raise even more cash with a special football match planned for later in the year.

“It’s on Sunday 8th November and it’d be a Jim Leishman Select against a Dick Campbell Select at East End Park,” he explained.

“It’s basically the players we signed for the Pars so I’m hoping to get Kozma and Jackie McNamara, people like that.

“We’ve got the walk to do first though.”

Star names like Sergio Pizzorno, from hit band Kasabian, may be on the walk after a gig in Dundee while Craig Levein, Stevie Crawford and John McGlynn will have their walking boots on.

“It depends how busy they are but Sergio’s wife, Amy, is definitely doing the first bit from the Tay Bridge so we’re hopeful he’ll make it too,” said Jim.

The ‘Dander for Mary’ takes place from Wednesday to Sunday 21st June and is in aid of the newly-founded charity, the Mary Leishman Foundation.

Jim admitted the charity and the walk had given him something to focus on after the untimely death of his wife on their 30th wedding anniversary in February.

“I’ve worked hard and lost two stone so it’s been great for me,” he said.

“I’ve been up at half six or so every morning and been away for a stride so I’ve been getting on with things.

“We’re hoping to have over £60,000 by the end of June and overall we’re trying to get £100,000 to distribute in Fife and the surrounding area.

“The plan is to have a ball and dinner dance in February when we’ll dish the cheques out.”

He continued, “People have been so generous, it’s been terrific. There was a 91-year-old woman, Janet Reid, who gave me her birthday money, £235. I took her a bunch of flowers and she told me she knew my grandfather, my mum and my sister, she knew the whole family really. It’s a Lochgelly woman looking after a Lochgelly boy but I was absolutely flabbergasted just how kind she was.”

Jim said Kinross Rugby Club handed over £4000 while Babcock Marine stumped up a “phenomenal” £10,000.

He added, “They’ve given us support too and the good thing is they’ll get to see where the money is going and the local people being helped.” Jim was also delighted to see his son Jamie and his friends complete a gruelling two-day, 120-mile plus cycle ride from Aviemore to the family home in Keltybridge.

They completed it on Sunday and you can read more about the cyclists and Pitlochry nightlife, skinny dipping and eating flies on the Press website.

Jamie said, “It was a brilliant event and we hope to have raised about £5000-plus. I couldn’t sit down at all on Sunday though!”

The five day walk includes stops at St Andrews, Crail, Lower Largo, Pettycur Bay and then on Sunday 21st June, it’s the finishing post at the Forth Bridge.

There is also entertainment along the way with a handful of tickets left for the events.

On Thursday 18th June there’s a karaoke evening in the Elie and Earlsferry village hall, the following night in Aberdour Institute there’s a sportsman’s dinner with top after dinner speakers, Saturday 20th June is a rock ‘n roll night at Pettycur Bay Caravan Park and it finishes on the Sunday at Legends, East End Park.

Jim added that La Vida boutique, in Cairneyhill, are also helping the charity with a fashion show in the Keavil House Hotel on Sunday 4th October. Tickets and further information are available from Laura Campbell at La Vida on 880169.

Read more on Jamie’s bike ride on our website,


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