Sheffield schoolboy awarded gold Blue Peter badge

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A Sheffield schoolboy who has raised thousands through a trek across the Sahara Desert, sponsored runs and organising a music concert has been honoured for his efforts with a gold Blue Peter badge.

With fewer than 1,000 ever presented during the show’s 58-year history, the badges are a sought after accolade.

Freddie Cannell, aged 11, from Dore, stands alongside Sheffield’s Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill, The Queen and footballer David Beckham as the proud owner of a gold badge.

It was awarded for his efforts to raise money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity, which crowned him their young volunteer of the year.

The medal was presented at the Blue Peter studio in Manchester, where Freddie saw an episode being filmed lived and met the presenters and production team.

Freddie’s parents Matt and Lynne have homed and helped train 15 guide dogs over the years.

Freddie, a Totley All Saints School pupil, is now busy planning his next fundraising expedition - a trek up the three highest mountains in North Africa.

He needs to raise £2,000 to fund the expedition.

His mum Lynne said: “We are extremely proud of Freddie for all of his support and fundraising for Guide Dogs over the last five years. It is also great to see that Blue Peter have recognised this in awarding him his gold Blue Peter Badge.”

His dad Matt added: “I am very jealous of Freddie’s badge, as I always wanted one as a child. Freddie is a great supporter and ambassador for the charity, and I’m sure his support for them will continue.”

To help fund Freddie’s next fundraising mission email cannellmatt@aol.com