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Dance for Burma teacher Ben Hammond struck by car

  • 4 October 2012
  • From the section England
Ben Hammond dancing across the Second Severn Crossing
Image caption Ben Hammond was struck by the car in Polsham near Wells on Wednesday night

A Wiltshire teacher who is dancing from John O'Groats to Land's End to raise awareness of the situation in Burma has been struck by a car.

Ben Hammond, 34, from Bradford-on-Avon and an unnamed cyclist were hit by a car in Polsham near Wells on Wednesday night.

Avon and Somerset Police arrested a 25-year-old woman from Wookey nearby.

Mr Hammond is currently in Yeovil Hospital receiving treatment for cuts and bruises.

He is expected to be discharged shortly and will continue on with his challenge.

The driver, Alanna Rugg, has been charged with drinking and driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident.

She has been bailed to appear at South Somerset Magistrates' Court on 19 October.

'Yellow tutu'

Mr Hammond was nearing the end of his challenge, which is also raising funds for human rights in Burma.

He said he was inspired to take up the mission after he taught in a refugee camp on the Thai/Burma border and was shocked by the lack of freedom the people had.

Wearing a neon yellow tutu, he set off on 13 August, and plans to finish in the next two weeks.

The teacher set up LearnBurma in 2011, a registered charity which works to educate young people in the UK about the Asian country.

The dance challenge is raising money for Amnesty International, Burma Campaign UK, Partners Relief and Development and Prospects Burma.

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