Rugby youngster to trek across Sahara for Guide Dogs

Freddie, his parents and Guide Dog Pippin met with Rugby MP Mark Pawsey at Westminster

Freddie, his parents and Guide Dog Pippin met with Rugby MP Mark Pawsey at Westminster

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A schoolboy from Rugby is raising funds to go on the trip of a lifetime to help blind people.

Freddie Cannell, nine, will take on a 100km trek across the Sahara next year in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

His equally intrepid parents, Matt and Lynne, are undergoing the mammoth trek to raise funds for Guide Dogs.

They are great supporters of the charity already, having looked after nine different guide dogs during their training period, including their current student, Golden Retriever, Kiki.

They hope to raise a minimum of £5,000 from the trek for the charity.

Last week Freddie, his parents, and a Guide Dog named Pippin who the family have been helping train, all took a trip to Parliament to meet Rugby MP Mark Pawsey and have a tour of the Palace of Westminster.

Freddie said: “We had a great weekend in London with Pippin. We had a tour around parliament and met Mr Pawsey to talk all about the Sahara Trek.”

Mr Pawsey said: “What Freddie is doing is quite incredible and I was pleased to welcome him and his family to Parliament.

“I would urge people to visit Freddie’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/freddiestrek to learn more about how to sponsor his Saharan Trek.”