A CARE worker put is best foot forward to raise more than £400 for charity.

A care practitioner at West Abbey Care Centre in Yeovil put the ‘fun’ into ‘fundraising’ with a 26 mile sponsored trek around Stonehenge to raise money for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Paul Pippard, a care practitioner at West Abbey Care Centre in Yeovil, took part in a 26-mile sponsored walk from Salisbury to Stonehenge to raise the money and to raise awareness of the Alzheimer's Society in memory of his grandfather, who passed away two years ago.

Paul was among 300 participants who set off from Hudson’s field, Salisbury, at 7.30am before travelling through the city and going through woodland and farmers’ fields.

The route finished along the A303 and alongside Stonehenge and Paul said the “views were amazing, even if the end was uphill".

When Paul crossed the finishing line he was met by his family, wife and little boy.

His completed time to walk 26 miles was 8 hours, 7 minutes and 44 seconds, which was overall 44th place.

Paul received a medal for his efforts and then had to walk back to the car, which was uphill again.

"It was a fantastic day meeting new people, personally raising over £400 and joining together to help fund a cure for Dementia that so many people are affected by," he said.

Helen Colaço, general manager at West Abbey Care Centre, said: “Everyone at West Abbey Care Centre was keen to show Paul support on his adventure, especially the residents who enjoyed hearing all about the experience.

"Barchester’s Charitable Foundation is a great cause that helps many people in need, particularly lonely older people, which is a cause very close to the hearts of all our staff and residents, and we are really proud of Paul to have been able to raise this money.

"Thank you to everyone who donated”

Barchester’s Charitable Foundation supports older people and other adults living with a disability by giving grants to help improve independence, mobility and quality of life.

For more information please visit www.bhcfoundation.org.uk