Street dance marathon by Bradford on Avon man

This Is Wiltshire: Ben Hammond dancing through the streets of Huddersfield on his rhythmic journey from John O’Groats towards Land’s End, via his Wiltshire home town Ben Hammond dancing through the streets of Huddersfield on his rhythmic journey from John O’Groats towards Land’s End, via his Wiltshire home town

A former St Laurence School pupil is dancing his way 800 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End, to raise money for charities that support children in Burma.

Ben Hammond, 34, set off on his fundraising bop, aiming to raise £50,000 – to be split between Amnesty International, Burma Campaign UK, Partners Relief and Development, Learn Burma and Prospect Burma – on August 13.

His plan is to reach Land’s End on October 13, and so far he is on course to make the target.

The boogieing fundraiser, who is wearing a tutu and headband as he travels the country, spent a year teaching in a Burmese refugee camp in 2005, which inspired him to help the Burmese people by taking on a series of challenges.

Mr Hammond, who already holds the world record for the longest continual dance, at 135 hours, has been shaking and grooving for about 25 miles a day since he started his fundraising challenge.

On Tuesday evening he is due to dance through Bath, before arriving at his family’s home in Bradford on Avon.

He will be giving a talk to students at St Laurence School on Wednesday, before continuing the fundraising journey by heading towards Glastonbury.

He hopes local people will join him at 11am to dance over the town bridge.

Mr Hammond said: “I can’t wait to dance through my home town and have a special Bradford on Avon boogie with students at my former school and even one or two of my former teachers.

“I’ll be giving a talk about the challenge and cause to hundreds of pupils, followed by a giant conga around the school grounds, to help me on my dancing way.”

Along Mr Hammond’s route he has enjoyed impromptu dances with people on the street and is hoping to have a warm reception when he returns to Bradford.

His mother, Judith Hammond, said: “I’m so very proud of him, but I know it is hard work so I’m sure he’d love to see some friendly faces supporting him when he comes through Bradford on Avon.”

For more information about his fundraising, or to donate, visit www.dancebritain.com.

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