Strictly wheely good

THE first woman in the UK to complete a dance degree using a wheelchair showed Crouch End’s Strictly Come Dancing couple a few moves on Monday.

Lorna Marsh, who has Cerebral Palsy, completed her Dance and Professional Practice Degree using a powered wheelchair supplied by local charity Action for Kids and has now set up her own group called the Smooth Wheels Dance Company.

On Monday, Ms Marsh, 27, joined an audience of children from Action for Kids as she took part in a special dance class with Crouch End actor and Strictly star Jimi Mistry and his partner Flavia Cacacae, who also performed their Charleston from the popular Saturday night TV show.

The group met at the Virgin Active gym in Tottenham Lane where the couple have been rehearsing for the programme.

Through its “Towards Independence” programmes, Action for Kids helps disabled children, young people and their families lead more independent lives through the provision of specialist services such as training in independent living skills and work-related learning; a family support service; a national help line and much more.

The charity also provides disabled young people such as Lorna, up to the age of 26, with specialist mobility equipment, and an on-going maintenance programme to keep wheelchairs working.

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