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Debbie Flint

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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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What a super trip I had down to see the MDD gang again last week. They are powering ahead with so many new areas of research including Zika virus/malaria, Parkinsons and of course the original Prostate Cancer studies - in conjunction with the NHS - so they will be an official part of the screening in years to come. 

I caught up with Dr Claire Guest and heard some of the latest plans - but they really need funding to make it all happen.

And met some new puppies - little Ilsa and Banjo were just two of the newcomers. I love them!

 

I predict that in ten years time, THIS will be THE charity everyone is talking about, maybe including early breast cancer detection, who knows. But for now, it's a pleasure and a great source of pride to be an ambassador.

Do contribute if you can - eg text a donation - text 'SNIF11 £5' to 70070 in order to donate £5, for instance 

or Host Your Own Bake Off - download the free kit here.

more soon

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Beautiful little dog! She's such an adorable, loving animal, seriously one of the cutest ever and everyone's little star down at the research centre, where the bio detection dogs get to 'play games' all day when the 'go to work' - rather, doggy day care, where they help with early detection of human disease. 

This week Dr Claire Guest was in the news again - along with Carolyn and her Pal. Well done team!

Don't forget the Mega Draw is now on till Sunday 13th August - just a £5 donation buys you a ticket to our official MDD raffle - go here to get one soon and check out the impressive list of prizes - big bundles this time - worth a go!

And tickets are now available for the jazz concert in The Plough, torrington, Devon, on Saturday 16th September - go here to buy tickets - do come it'll be fun! more about it here on the Facebook event page.

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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

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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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