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A Word About my Charity – Medical Detection Dogs.

watch this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6BOh5HRPA4

I first found out about Medical Detection Dogs at the Moonwalk charity event in May 2015. I was invited to be an ambassador after raising £5,500 in the summer, and have been working alongside them ever since. Their work involves some incredible life-saving relationships between canine and owner – some of whom have life-threatening conditions like brittle type 1 diabetes, Addison’s disease, POTS, and more. The canine partners alert the owners eg when blood sugar goes too low or too high and the transformation in their lives is incredible.

Other clever cancer detection dogs help with the research being carried out into early prostate cancer detection, which down the line should mean integrating the efficient accuracy of a dog’s nose into regular NHS screening, and the development of an electronic nose to cut waiting times and avoid false positives. Currently a PSA test can be up to 75% false positives and worse, up to a third false negatives. Biopsies are intrusive and stressful and costly. By 2018 MDD hope their studies will be published and the vital next steps can begin.

My work involves continual fund raising. My latest paperback version of my non-fiction work, Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 - tips and tales to inspire, is in aid of MDD. Last year's fundraising resulted in me donating enough to be able to name a little MDD trainee puppy – a golden Labrador called Derek! (After my late dad, I thought it was funny! Poor dog.) and another called Lesley after my mum! All the info, pics and videos, are in the archives below.

Do check out more information on the charity on their own website –

www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk  

And do donate on our ongong MDD page which will list the events you can attend to see some of these magical animals at work, plus support our endevours to raise funds for them.

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It's here! The brand-new raffle in aid of medical detection dogs is now active on JustGiving. There are some amazing prizes -

see the full donation page here

and check out the amazing value of first prize! All you have to do is buy a ticket for 5 pounds and Just Giving will do the rest, as will Sara the lovely lady who always organises these fundraisers. There are some massive prizes this time as you can see, it is on until Sunday 13th August - full Q&A on the page too, just scroll down, along with pics of prizes. The winners will be notified straight after. All the info you need is on the page. Thank you in advance for helping.

We have raised some wonderful money in the past, I do hope we are able to do so again now, especially considering how Dr Claire has been doing the rounds on various TV news interview programs recently following the announcement that the medical detection dogs team will before long be able to help detect Parkinson's disease apparently (see last post on this tab.) That's on top of their work with the NHS in a trial to detect prostate cancer in urine samples provided by the hospital. Plus maybe even breast cancer one day.

That's half of what they do. The other half is that they provide individual dogs to owners who have illnesses, eg diabetes (type one brittle) plus they even cover the cost of the upkeep and everything for the poor patient. It really is a worthy cause and I do hope you are lucky! Fingers crossed for you!

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So proud to be an ambassador for this charity. One day it will be one of the biggest charities in the country, mark my words. Well done Dr Claire, again. X #Parkinsons

https://www.facebook.com/DebbieFlintQvc/posts/10159007576825258

 

Check out this latest news about Derek, my first sponsor dog, whom I named by donating £2000 to Medical Detection dogs (more here). He's doing well, isn't he?! He's named after my late dad. Check out Lesley's update too, my second sponsor dog, who's named after my mum!

It's so lovely to know I've helped in some way to provide a canine partner who will dramatically change the lives of the patients who get given these dogs - usually diabetics with brittle type 1. Watch out for ongoing info and news about my work with them too, including the September 16th concert in Torrington, Devon, at The Plough Arts Centre.

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Fancy helping this brilliant charity? With the new puppies coming in, who need  to be looked after until they are around 18 months old, then they will be handed over to be trained up to help diabetic owners with protecting their high or low blood sugar, or even playing a game called spot the urine sample with cancer in… Here's a date in July when you can help. More information on their website medical detection dogs.org.uk 

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Fancy helping this brilliant charity? With the new puppies coming in, who need  to be looked after until they are around 18 months old, then they will be handed over to be trained up to help diabetic owners with protecting their high or low blood sugar, or even playing a game called spot the urine sample with cancer in… Here's a date in July when you can help. More information on their website medical detection dogs.org.uk 

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Molly the cat detective gets an article in the Guardian too! Well done MDD trained-dog Molly and Colin the detective owner!


https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/05/experience-my-dog-rescues-cats?CMP=share_btn_fb

 

Also - Dr Claire Guest was top of the alternative rich list for her invaluable work - well deserved!

 

read more here.

 

interveiwed on the BBC again recently talking about one of the latest projects from MDD - to detect malaria - especially important for malaria free countries, ref Zika virus. 

more here on bbc

Finally - another wonderful update about my sponsor dogs, Derek and Lesley (named via my donations , after my mum and dad)

more to follow

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Medical Detection Dogs Day Out near Milton Keynes on April 2nd

a heads up – do join me at the Swanbourne dogs Day Out – with Patrick Hoy – on Sunday 2nd April. It’ll be an excellent way to spend a day and we’ll be on the MDD stand with their tombola – come have a chat! I’m on air in the evening but will be around for much of the day from mid morning! More here.

22 March 2017

MDD on the BBC

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MDD on the BBC! How proud was I this week to see the charity I raise funds for, Medical Detection dogs, featured in an extended report on the Victoria Derbyshire show – here’s the link on iplayer and I hope you can see the part when Rob is being interviewed? In the background you can see the two £5000 industrial freezers which were bought from our fundraising! They are needed to store the urine samples in for the cancer detection research, and keep the samples at minus 80! 

Well what a fabulous weekend we had when we opened the doors at Retreats for You in Sheepwash for two afternoons of vintage teas, in aid of MDD. Three of the partnerships came to stay for the weekend, including trainer Debra church, Gemma and Polo and Claire and Julian, Gemma's parents, plus lovely Carolyn and Simba. All the dogs played well with my two!

video here 

And here's what it's all about - when Simba alerts Carolyn that her blood sugars are at a dangerous level. watch what happened here.

Plus a lady called Eileen and her llittle dog Eddie came by from their home locally in Exmouth, and to be featured on the BBC Spotlight South west report which went out that evening on BBC1, and brought several people anew, on the Sunday. On Sunday we also had Charlie Bears' William and Charlie Morris attend, to present a cheque for £4000 and posed for the Okehampton times photographer. It was raised by sales of the little collectable mohair bear Bones who is now available here on QVC, well what's left of the stock as it's nearly all gone!

Many pics and videos are on the latest QVC blog I did, go here to read it and see them all!

Well done everyone involved. More at Easter, I hope.

more about the amazing charity Medical Detection Dogs here, including how you can donate or name a puppy after a loved one or your organisation, school or town.

best wishes

debs

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