Rugby boy to trek across Sahara to support Guide Dogs

Freddie Cannell is trekking across the Sahara
Freddie Cannell is trekking across the Sahara

A boy who is taking on the challenge of a lifetime by trekking 100km across the Sahara desert is appealing for help to make his dream come true.

Bilton Junior School pupil Freddie Cannell, nine, is raising money for his favourite charity, Guide Dogs.

He has been supporting the charity since he was just six years old, helping the local branch, saving his pocket money and even travelling to Newcastle to run a mile.

Parents Matt and Lynne are proud of their son’s efforts.

Freddie said: “With my mummy and daddy we have boarded a total of nine guide dogs in training.

“I know the importance of guide dogs, so I am appealing for people to sponsor me and help my dream of raising lots of money come true.”

Freddie will be joined by his parents for the trek next year, a group of fundraisers – and a camel should he need to hitch a ride.

He has helped board the local training dogs and suffered the heartache of saying goodbye to his four-legged best friends including Foyle who the family puppy-walked for a year.

Freddie supports the charity not for any personal gain, but because he believes Guide Dogs does such a fantastic job.

Liz Gilbert, community fundraiser for Guide Dogs, said: “We are so proud and grateful to Freddie for all of his wonderful support.

“On behalf of the charity, I’d like to say well done Freddie - keep up the great fundraising work.”

Sponsors are needed to help fund the dogs.

Freddie’s fundraising events include a Guided Ghost Walk of Warwick on September 12 and a Dinner and Art Auction on October 11.

Donations can be given to Freddie on his Just Giving page.

To support Freddie and to find out more about his challenge, contact or