A WOMAN from Clevedon is preparing to embark on a gruelling 24 hour trek along the Jurassic Coast to raise vital funds for charity.

Laura Hobbs will be setting off this Saturday (May 18) from Corfe Castle to Bridport, which is expected to be around 60 miles. The route will take her and other walkers via Swanage, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, and Weymouth, before reaching the finish line.

Laura, who is hoping to raise awareness of the charity Allergy UK, was inspired to take on the challenge by her son, 8-year-old Tyler, who has a severe nut allergy.

Laura's Just Giving page explains further: "Anyone that knows me and my family knows my son Tyler suffers with life threatening allergies to nuts (peanuts, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts and walnuts).

"We found out when he was 14 months old. He had a severe reaction to peanut butter and an ambulance had to attend.

"He had another severe reaction when he touched a walnut when he was five, we used his epipen for the first time and he had to have another ambulance.

"So many people do not understand the seriousness of allergies and do not act cautiously enough. I want to raise awareness for Tyler and other families who have to deal with allergies."

Laura has already raised over £800 from family and friends and a donation of £250.00 from Woodspring Masons in Yatton. 

More information about the charity can be found on its website, which reads: "It is estimated that 41 million people in the UK live with allergic disease. But there remains a huge gap in healthcare services for those affected by this disease of the immune system.

"Our aim is to raise the profile of allergy at all levels, with a vision for everyone affected by allergy to receive the best possible care and support.

"We are the leading national patient charity for people living with all types of allergy. We work with government, professional bodies, healthcare professionals and corporates towards our vision and to help improve the lives of the millions of people with allergic disease.

"We are working towards the changes that will make a difference to people’s lives. That is why our mission is for everyone in the UK to take allergy seriously. We believe that people with allergy deserve better."