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Newark woman completes year of dance for Intracranial Hypertension UK and Home Start




A woman has completed a dance every day for a year in an effort to raise money for charity.

Penny Atkin has now completed 365 dances for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension UK and Home Start in Newark, raising a total of £631 so far.

Penny, of Newark. had been an avid dancer until she was diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension, which causes headaches, and peripheral vision loss, in 2015.

Penny Atkin (left) with friend, Glennis Wood. (50932156)
Penny Atkin (left) with friend, Glennis Wood. (50932156)

In 2018, she took part in an Active For April challenge ran by IIH UK, which asked those with the condition to do some form of manageable exercise every day.

“It was at that point that I discovered that I could do a dance a day,” Penny said.

“I found the dance a day beneficial to both my physical and mental health, and hoped to continue dancing most days at the end of the challenge.”

Penny had planned to continue dancing, however, her health conditions limited her from doing so.

In August 2020, she set herself a new challenge ­— to do one dance a day for a year.

Penny danced in various locations, including at her home, on Ingoldmells beach with friend and ex-dance partner, Glennis Wood and at Whitby Abbey.

On August 31, Penny completed her 365th dance in front of a small audience at the Flying Circus pub on Castlegate.

Penny said: “I’ve managed to do a whole year, which is amazing for me. I feel happy and excited, but also a bit sad I think because it has connected me in a lot of ways.

“There have been benefits for my mental health, my physical health and my confidence. Its been a really interesting experience.”

Penny’s friend, Glennis Wood, said: “Doing a dance a day is absolutely amazing.

“For her, it’s just massive, she’s not missed a day for a whole year.

“It’s a big commitment and I’m so proud of her. The fact that she’s raised money for charity is the icing on the cake.”

To donate, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danceaday or https://localgiving.org/fundraising/danceaday/.



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