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Charity trek for Scott and Guide Dog Travis

A BLIND man and his guide dog are setting out on an eight-day charity trek over the 112 miles of the Southern Upland Way in the Scottish Borders.

Scott Cunningham, 35, from Larkhall, and his guide dog, Labrador Travis, four, will raise money for Guide Dogs on their third trek.

Scott said: ‘This is without a doubt our biggest challenge yet, encountering varied tough terrain.’
The journey started in Bargrennan last Friday and is due to end eight days later in Lauder, this weekend.

Scott added: ‘We've been putting in lots of practice walking long distance training stretches and various Munros around Scotland.

‘I'm aiming to raise money and awareness for Guide Dogs who have helped me so much since losing my eyesight in 1993.

‘I am also hoping to motivate and inspire other blind people to undertake challenges, no matter how big or small.’

The first two ‘Travis Treks’ on the West Highland Way and the Speyside Way raised almost £25,000 for Guide Dogs.

Sharon Morgan, of Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, added: ‘It is wonderful that Scott and Travis are taking on this challenge to help raise funds for training new guide dogs.

‘It costs £10 a day to breed, train and support each guide dog and there are around 4,700 guide dog partnerships in the UK..’