Fundraising champion and guide dog owner Scott Cunningham MBE has launched the Travis Tribute Trek, a seven day Trek of the West Highland way, beginning on April 2nd 2016 at Milngavie. The trek takes place In memory of his record breaking Guide dog, Travis, who sadly crossed the rainbow bridge on the 13th August 2015.
Travis’ achievements include: the first Guide Dog to complete the Pennine way and the West Highland Way in both directions AND the first Guide Dog to reach the summit of Ben Nevis. Travis was also awarded an honorary MBE and is the only Guide Dog to have been awarded with an honorary Green Beret from the Royal Marines.
Running from April 2nd 2016 to April 8th 2016, The Travis Tribute Trek will feature some sporting legends from past and present on each day, plus celebrities from the world of entertainment. The evenings will feature Q&A sessions with the legends and live music to see you into the night.
“The Travis Tribute Trek is about celebrating the life of a legend” said Scott. “We’ll be raising funds for two amazing charities close to Scott’s heart who have helped him massively since losing his sight in 1993; The Rangers Charity Foundation Armed forces Partnership and Guide Dogs, along the way.”
Scott’s personal story has inspired many. After initially struggling to cope with sight loss, Scott changed his life around, thanks to the faithful guide dogs by his side.
“With the support and encouragement of Guide Dogs, and my first guide dog Ike, I started to get out and about independently, going to the shops, to the dentist, and building up my confidence.
“I became determined to show people what a blind or partially sighted person can achieve. With my second guide dog Travis, I trekked all 96 miles of the West Highland Way. We also tackled the Pennine Way and Ben Nevis, raising £160,000 for Guide Dogs. It was then a massive personal honour to be awarded an MBE by the Queen.”
“But I only ever had one goal in mind – to encourage other blind and partially sighted people to lead a confident, independent life, just like I do – now with my third guide dog, Milo. Travis was a massive part of that and he brought so many people together which has led to Team Milo’s Miles being such an amazing success, I felt that the trek along the west highland way would be a fitting tribute to the legend!”
To find out how you can support Scott and his endeavours, check out the Legends Trek website here.
The Legends Trek website also features key information on how you can take part on the trek and tips for the west highland way, including special accommodation rates.
You can also support the Travis Tribute Trek cause via the Virgin Money Giving page - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/travistrek