ONE man and his dog is setting out to walk 180 miles visiting all 28 Dorothy House shops to raise cash for the hospice service.

Dorothy House chief executive John Davies and his springer spaniel Myrtle will embark on a epic walk, visiting all Dorothy House shops in 20 towns and spanning the hospice’s 700sq mile region from October 17 to November 2.

The walking tour will launch the hospice’s bold 'Everyday, Everyone' plan for 2018-2025 to deliver outstanding palliative and end-of-life care across Bath and North-East Somerset, Wiltshire and Somerset.

Mr Davies and the Dorothy House team will share the hospice’s vision for the future, meet with local people, businesses, charities and community groups and raise vital funds for patient care. A spokesman for the charity said: "The Everyday, Everyone plan is the outcome of a two-year review and analysis into local care needs which revealed that demand for palliative and end of life care is set to grow by a third between 2018-2025.

"People can also follow John and Myrtle’s progress on Dorothy House social media channels to view highlights of their adventures and to find out how and where they can join in."

The Everyday, Everyone plan outlines how Dorothy House will develop its care and support services in the next seven years while meeting the challenges of an ageing population and a widening patient base as the hospice supports more people with non-cancer diagnoses. Currently 21 per cent of people cared for by the hospice are non-cancer patients which will rise to an expected 56 per cent in 2025.

The walking tour will visit around twenty local towns in the region starting and ending in Bath with celebration events on 17th October and 2nd November and will take in towns such as Devizes, Chippenham, Malmesbury and Corsham among others. To donate funds via