Boy, 9, to trek 100km across Sahara

Freddie Cannell is trekking the Saraha for Guide Dogs
Freddie Cannell is trekking the Saraha for Guide Dogs

A Bilton Junior pupil is taking on a challenge that would daunt most adults – trekking 100km across the Sahara desert.

Freddie Cannell, nine, hopes the four-day adventure will raise plenty of money for his favourite charity, Guide Dogs.

He will be joined by his parents Matt and Lynne, a group of fundraisers – and a camel should he need to hitch a ride.

Freddie said: “I’m really looking forward to the trek and we’re doing lots of training.

“I know it’s going to be really hot but I am ready for that. I’m hoping to raise as much money as I can because I think guide dogs is a really good cause.

“Guide Dogs help blind and partially sighted people and I love the thought that I can help a charity that changes people’s lives.”

His parents are volunteers for the local fundraising branch, and they have previously all entered the Great North Run in order to raise money.

Matt, of Berrybanks, Bilton, said: “We also look after guide dogs, having already boarded nine dogs during their training at Leamington Spa, and are currently puppy walking our first guide dog puppy, Foyle.”

Matt said Freddie wanted to get involved since he took part in a similar trek last year, helping a visually impaired person.

“We will be starting the trek in March next year, and will walk 100km across the Sahara in four full days, and two half days,” he said.

“We will be led by a local guide, and all our equipment - tents, food, water, clothes - will be carried by our supporting camels.”

At night the trekkers will be sleeping in tents, carrying all their supplies for the duration of the trek. Temperatures in the Sahara frequently reach highs of 36 degrees centigrade in March.

Lynne said: “We are really proud of Freddie for wanting to get involved.

“We want to raise as much money as possible.”

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