A PUBLICAN is planning to hike the coast to coast path to raise money for a local children's charity.

David Foster, who along with his family run the Bell Inn at Wylye and the Carriers Arms in Stockton, will embark on the 310km walk to raise funds for The Wylye Valley Disabled Children’s Charity (WVDCC) next month (March).

The "fantastic" charity host retreats for disabled children's and their care givers in the Wylye countryside and David said it is one close to the family's hearts.

"My wife, Karen spent the last decade of her professional career teaching in a SEN school and has first had knowledge of the amazing work charities such as the WVDCC do and the massive impact they have on the well being of the children and families they help," he added.

Salisbury Journal: David Foster.David Foster. (Image: Karen Foster)

David will be embarking on the hike with Jet, a black rescue lurcher who has become a bit of a fan favourite at the pub. 

"Our locals are always making a big fuss out of him with treats and toys – this is his chance to give back to the community," David said.

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The charity walk is scheduled to coincide with a temporary closure of the Carriers while the owners give the bar and its guest rooms a bit of a face lift.

Salisbury Journal: The Carriers Arms, Stockton, will temporarily close in March.The Carriers Arms, Stockton, will temporarily close in March. (Image: David Foster)

It comes as the Bell was nominated for 'Wiltshire Pub of the Year' and the Devizes awards ceremony happens to clash with the hike. 

David explained: "So while the rest of the family are suited and booted and enjoying a wonderful evening in Devizes, I will more than likely be dining on a tin of baked beans in my waterproofs!"

So far, David has raised £55 toward his goal of £300. Anyone who wants to support his endeavour can donate in person at either the Bell or the Carriers or online at gofundme.com/f/davids-hike-for-the-wv-disabled-childrens-charity.