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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Cumbria fundraisers find wacky ways to go the extra mile for charity

THERE are many ways to cover a mile in the name of charity.
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But one Furness-based group have found a unique way to go the distance in a bid to raise funds for a worthy cause.

The Furness Morris Dancers are planning to jig their way across the finish line at Barrow Park for Sport Relief on Sunday.

Member David Foot explained the group would be following in the footsteps of an actor and dancer from the time of William Shakespeare.

“It’s quite an unusual way to cover the mile for Sport Relief,” he said.

“But it has been done before, by William Kempe, in 1600, who famously danced from London to Norwich – a distance of over 100 miles.

“It took him nine days spread over several weeks often amid cheering crowds.”

Mr Foot added: “We hope people will enjoy watching us dance our way along the mile and join in a few steps with us at the end.”

A special sequence of steps has been choreographed for the event to keep the eight traditional folk dancers moving forwards instead of on the spot.

Furness Morris Men members are also training to ensure they have the necessary level of fitness to keep going from the start to the finish line.

Mr Foot added: “It will be quite strenuous and energetic to cover the mile but we will do it and we hope we can raise some money for Sport Relief in the process.”

Meanwhile, sisters Louise and Hannah Downing had a bouncing time in aid of the charity.

The pair took to Barrow town centre on a tandem space hopper and invited members of the public to throw wet sponges at them while taking donations for the good cause.

The Sport Relief Mile is set to take place in Barrow Park between 11am and 3pm.

The group are hoping to raise £200 for the charity.

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