AN INSPIRATIONAL boy will be raising funds for a cause close to his heart.

Nine-year-old Rhys Davies, from Johnstown, has chosen to put on his walking shoes with his adopted dog Sox and will be walking 100 miles for the Wrexham branch of the National Autistic Society.

Rhys was diagnosed with Autism in 2016 and the charity is a cause close to his heart. They organise activities for children with autism and their siblings as well as supporting the families.

Mum Naomi Fowles said Rhys asked if he could raise money for the cause after raising £300 earlier this year for Cancer Research UK.

She told the Leader: "Rhys chose to walk 100 miles with his adopted dog, Sox - who is two years old and is naming it '100 for Autism', then I've helped him organise a raffle too.

"The raffle includes over a huge selection of signed books, hampers from Tropic by Jenny, lessons and kit from Ady Jones Tae Kwon Do, vouchers for Emz Cakes, The Sweetbox North West and Tilly's Book Nook.

"I'm just so proud of him, he has so many struggles and difficulties, but still wants to help other boys and girls. He's an inspiration."

So far, Rhys has raised over £150 after only setting out to raise £100, and the donations keep pouring in.

More information on the raffle and fundraiser can be found online at