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Dancing Ben plans to skip around globe

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 24, 2014

Ben Hammond, of Bradford on Avon, danced the length of the country last year – pausing only after being hit by a car – now fully recovered, he is putting his dancing shoes back on to dance around the world PICTURE: SWNS

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A professor plans to dance around the world wearing only a brightly-coloured tutu.

Ben Hammond will spin his way 17,643 miles across the globe wearing the tutu in aid of charity Unicef.

Along the way he'll be stopping at schools to educate children about the serious issues at the heart of his wacky challenge.

Ben, from Bradford on Avon, who works as a lecturer at the Institute of Education in London, said: "I am going to be doing this challenge for a number of years and wanted a charity that can stay relevant.

"The fact Unicef is a global organisation means it reaches people from countries I will be dancing through.

"I am an educationalist. It is a big part of the project and I want to try and engage the children to make a difference in the world."

The challenge comes a year after the 36-year-old danced his way from John O'Groats to Land's End.

The 1,357-mile feat was the first ever dance across Britain, but sadly saw him knocked down by a drink driver as he waltzed his way through Bradford, West Yorks.

Ben will spend two summers dancing across Australia before he plans to take on the challenge full time.

A support team of three people will be on hand to help Ben and he will rely on supporters to lend accommodation, with camping equipment as back-up.

He has started his training by dancing through the streets of London and aims to set off in summer 2015, dancing 22 miles a day, six days a week.

To donate to Unicef as part of Ben's dancing around the world project, visit his site at www,justgiving.com/planetprancer

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