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Celebrities currently filming a TV series Newark are supporting a college student's effort to raise money for a therapy dog.

A labradoodle named Freddie joined Lincoln College Group (LCG) as a faculty dog from the Autism Dogs CIC charity and has since trained to become a fully-fledged therapy dog, qualifying just last week.

Student Max has autism and is now fundraising for his own assistance dog like Freddie.

College staff with Morgana Robinson, Mathew Horne and Freddie. (53607161)
College staff with Morgana Robinson, Mathew Horne and Freddie. (53607161)

To give Max a helping paw, Freddie has released a calendar with all proceeds going towards his cause.

Freddie recently met the stars of new TV sitcom Newark, Newark— Mathew Horne, Morgana Robinson and Nina Wadia —who were bowled over with the fundraising efforts.

Morgana Robinson and Mathew Horne with Freddie. (53607164)
Morgana Robinson and Mathew Horne with Freddie. (53607164)

The actors were moved by the story, particularly Mathew who is an ambassador for Mencap and whose brother also has autism.

Charlotte McHugh, head of student services and supported education at Lincoln College, looks after Freddie. She said “Freddie is a star; he’s worked so hard over the last year to become a qualified therapy dog.

"We’re delighted to have him as part of the Lincoln College family and it’s really special to see the impact he has on the mental health and wellbeing of our learners.

Freddie the therapy dog with his calendar. (53607158)
Freddie the therapy dog with his calendar. (53607158)

“The work that we are doing with Autism Dogs CIC is a unique project. We are supporting the charity by fostering dogs to socialise them and give them the very best start on their journey to become an assistance dog.

"To get the endorsement of popular celebrities is really exciting and we hope it helps Max and his family reach their fundraising goal.”

Mathew, Morgana and Nina have signed three copies of the calendar, two of which will be going up for sale at a silent auction soon.

If you would like to bid on a signed Freddie calendar, please send your proposed donation amount to Charlotte at cmchugh@lincolncollege.ac.uk

Unsigned copies of the calendar are also available to purchase from reception at both Lincoln and Newark College and cost £5 each.



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