Toe tapping Ben waltzes into town

Ben Hammond is dancng from John o'Groats to Lands End this summer to fundraising and awareness-raising campaign of LearnBurma.
Ben Hammond is dancng from John o'Groats to Lands End this summer to fundraising and awareness-raising campaign of LearnBurma.

A DANCING fanatic has toe-tapped his way through Brighouse as part of his challenge to dance the length of the country.

Ben Hammond is attempting to become the first person to dance from John o’Groats to Land’s End in 50 days.

The 34-year-old teacher reached the half way stage as he came through the town and onto Huddersfield.

The challenge hopes to raise money for the Learn Burma charity he established.

“We had people coming out of the cafes and coming to have a jig with us as we came through Brighouse and making donations,” said Ben.

“The hill out of Brighouse was a bit steep but the support has been incredible. I have had a few funny looks wearing my tutu but I can’t believe the reaction I have got.

“People have been waving and cheering from their cars as they have passed me.

“I’m currently injury free and ahead in terms of time and distance. ”

Ben has danced on average a marathon a day attempting to get Britain dancing for Burma.

The lecturer in education at the Institute of Education in south-east London, hopes to raise over £200,000 for the charity which he created after spending a year teaching in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border.

Learn Burma works to open the eyes of thousands of young people to Burma through awareness-raising campaigns teacher training and international school linking.

Along with Learn Burma funds will also be raised for four other Burma related causes - Amnesty International, Burma Campaign UK, Partner’s Relief and Development, and Prospect Burma.

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