Desborough Morris dancer’s fundraising mission

Morris Dancer Bill Hewitt, who has Parkinson's Disease, is raising money for The Cure Parkinson's Trust by taking part in a sponsored dance on April 23 at The Swan Pub in Braybrooke
Morris Dancer Bill Hewitt, who has Parkinson's Disease, is raising money for The Cure Parkinson's Trust by taking part in a sponsored dance on April 23 at The Swan Pub in Braybrooke

A Morris dancer from Desborough who has Parkinson’s Disease is taking on a huge personal challenge to help raise money for a charity which funds research into the debilitating condition.

Bill Hewitt, 64, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008, and says his love of Morris dancing has partly helped him cope with the condition.

However, Mr Hewitt said he was inspired by the efforts of London man Michael Peatchey who has Parkinson’s and cycled up Mont Ventoux, one of the stages of the Tour de France, and decided to take on his own challenge.

As a result, Mr Hewitt said that during the evening of St George’s Day, April 23, he will be taking part in two consecutive Morris dances with the Braybrooke Morris Men at the Swan Inn in Braybrooke.

Mr Hewitt said: “The two dances, Constant Billy and Skirmish, last about 10 minutes between them.

“It might not seem like a long time but when we do our practice sessions I would normally have to take a break in the middle of two dances to have a rest – so it will be quite a challenge on the day.

“Someone will also be getting some video footage as proof.”

Mr Hewitt also plays guitar and mandolin for the group.

Apart from Morris dancing, Mr Hewitt said he has also taken up Tai Chi to help control the symptoms of his condition.

To sponsor Mr Hewitt, visit his Justgiving page.

He has set himself a target of raising £750 for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust.