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Freddie the dog saved by Trust staff


Freddie the dog bit off more than he could chew recently when he decided to hop into a courier's van outside his house.

Freddie, who lives in Watlington with owners Sarah and Simon, went on his accidental road trip and ended up wandering around near the Pain Service clinic at the Churchill Hospital.

He was spotted there by Gillian Ainsworth and her colleague Joanne Moss, who quickly scooped him up and decided that he seemed quite lost.

After a quick call to the number on his collar tag, Gillian spoke to Sarah who was relieved to hear that Freddie was being looked after.  Gillian stayed with Freddie at the hospital until Sarah and Simon could come by to collect him, where they were happily reunited.

Gillian said: "It's not exactly normal to see a dog wandering around near the hospital, so we guessed that Freddie wasn't where he was supposed to be!

"He's a lovely little thing - it was our pleasure to look after him and make sure he got home safely. It's the least we could do, and we're really pleased his owners got him back."

Sarah, Freddie's mum, said: "We're so grateful to Joanne and Gillian - without them, who knows where Freddie might have got to!

"We hadn't noticed he'd hopped into the courier van - we know they drive all over the place so it's Freddie's good luck that he came across such helpful staff.

"We don't think he'll be doing it again!"

Dad Simon said: "After Freddie arrived back home, he was so relieved to see us. We are truly so grateful to Gillian for rescuing Freddie. These days most people are nervous to help in situations like that for all sorts of safety reasons, so we really feel very lucky that Gillian was there for Freddie when he was totally lost and clearly very nervous."

Pictured: Freddie reunited with dad Simon