A Burnham-On-Sea dog owner and her pet are set to walk 58 miles of the England Coast Path in Somerset to raise funds towards research to beat a “horrific” disease.

Nell Barrington and Luna, pictured, are setting off on a 58-mile adventure from Brean to Minehead along the new stretch of the England Coast Path to raise money for research to try and Stop Alabama Rot, the disease that is killing dogs with no known cause or cure.

Nell told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We are really excited about this walk. We hope that we can raise lots of money to help find out what is causing this horrific disease that is so so worrying for anyone who loves dogs.”

“No-one knows how Alabama Rot is spread but the advice is to stay away from muddy areas – tricky at this time of year – and to wash any mud off at the end of the walk.”

“It is such a worthy cause, and if people are able to donate at all that would be really great via here, or come and say hello if they see us along the way.”

Michael Barlow, Chair of the Alabama Rot Research Fund, added: “Well done from all of us at ARRF to Nell and Luna for embarking on a sponsored walk to raise funds and awareness. A big thank you and fingers crossed for nice weather.”

This is a warm-up for a longer walk Nell is planning later in the year to raise money for Bloodwise and Ward Nine at Musgrove Park Hospital in memory of Nell’s Dad, Kit. Described as “one of the worlds greatest walks” at 630 miles and the equivalent of scaling the worlds tallest mountain four times, the South West Coast Path will be a challenge.

Nell is asking for support from local businesses along the route. If you would like to help these causes, donations can be made here and regular updates will be posted on www.firsttimeto.co.uk.