When most people move house, they enlist a removal van to help shift their possesions.

But when Keath Armstrong decided to move back home to Bournemouth from Manchester, he chose a much more novel method - a team of huskies.

Keath, 32, decided to make the 217-mile trek with only his three huskies to help in order to raise money in memory of two friends who died from cystic fibrosis.

He set out on July 18, hoping to reach Bournemouth in nine days, but has been slowed down by the hot weather - the huskies don't like it - potholes, punctures and the challenge of finding suitable roads.

He and the huskies, Sakari, Nukka and Nala have been sleeping in a tent together and travelling about 20 miles a day.

He's been through two carts and almost lost all his possesions to an Oxford canal, but Keath is hoping his journey will finally come to an end this weekend.


He's currently just outside Reading and hopes to reach Bournemouth in three days time - assuming the weather holds and he can find roads suitable for the sled.

His challenge is to raise money and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, to help those, like his friends Richard and Carl Jones, brothers who both died from the disease.

Richard was 30 when he passed away in 2013. His brother Carl died of the disease in 2006.

Keath said: “Both lads were brilliant. You couldn't fault their outlook on life and despite everything they had to put up with they were always there for people.

There doesn’t seem to be the public awareness of cystic fibrosis as there is of something like cancer, so I thought I could do something to get some more.”

He's already raised more than £20,000, thanks to donations from friends and supporters along the route.

In an interview with the Telegraph earlier in his journey, Keath said: “I love what huskies are capable of and what they can do. Their personalities are amazing but they’re such hard work. They have very specific diets, they’re escape artists and they lose all their fur twice a year for about a month at a time – they’re very demanding dogs.”

You can sponsor Keath and the huskies at http//uk.virginmoneygiving.com/keatharmstrong and follow him on Twitter @KeathArmstrong. The Echo will be there to see him arrive in Bournemouth, so look out for video soon!