- 30,000 dance partners along the way
- 3 million dance steps by Ben alone
- 900 miles
- £40,000 raised for charity
- First ever John O'Groats-Lands End dance
35 year-old teacher Ben Hammond finally arrived in Lands End on Saturday 27 July after dancing from John O'Groats.
It’s just brilliant to have finally made it to Land’s End. It’s been a long road getting to this point but with the support of so many volunteers, dancers and donors it’s great that my 3 million dance steps across Britain have helped to raise the £40,000 target I set out to achieve for four important charities. Hopefully this money can go some way to help those in Burma who haven’t had the freedoms that many in the UK have, and the successful completion of the challenge can show what ordinary people can achieve when they set their mind (and feet) to it.
A teacher will finally finish dancing from John O'Groats to Land's End on Saturday.
Ben Hammond took on the rather bizarre challenge to raise awareness of human rights issues in Burma.
It's been quite an adventure for the energetic dancer, and one that very nearly cost him his life, as our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy has been finding out:
A charity fundraiser who has been dancing the length of Britain is in Cornwall and nearing the end of his challenge.
Ben Hammond started his 1,400 mile mission last year to raise awareness of human rights issues in Burma. It's hoped the man in a tutu will arrive at his destination at Land's End tomorrow - this shot of the team was taken in the shadow of St Michael's Mount this morning.
Gary Barlow is being joined by celebrity friends today as he heads off on a charity drive from Land's End to John O'Groats.Read the full story ›
Jamie will be running across Canada during part of their winter, so will encounter Arctic temperatures he has never experienced before.
We took him to Gloucerstershire University's Sport & Exercise Laboratory where they have a chamber in which the temperature can be lowered to minus 20C.
Jamie McDonald has already cycled 14,000 miles from Bangkok to his home city of Gloucester. Just two weeks later he spent 265 hours on a static bicycle; the world record is 224 hours.
As if that wasn't enough, he has a new project... He plans to run across Canada, coast to coast.
The distance is more than 5,000 miles. It is the equivalent of running 200 marathons, and he will do it all in 275 days.
Jamie suffers from a rare condition called Syringomyelia, when cysts or cavities form in the spine.
It meant he was in and out of hospital for most of his childhood. He now wants to raise money for the hospitals that helped him - Gloucestershire Royal's Pied Piper appeal and Great Ormond Street.
ITV1 is hosting its charity programme Text Santa tonight. It supports national charities which help people in the West Country region.Read the full story ›
The countdown is on to Text Santa, our big, star-studded charity fundraiser, on ITV1 tomorrow night.
It aims to raise money for six chosen charities, including Anthony Nolan that helps people with blood cancer.
One of those it helps is 9 year old Issy Miller from Dorset. She will spend this Christmas in hospital, isolated from the rest of the world, after under-going a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
She was diagnosed with Leukaemia in September but working with Anthony Nolan, Bristol Children's Hospital quickly found a donor match to go ahead with the procedure.
Richard Payne has followed Issy's story before and after the transplant: