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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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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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Here it is - the latest update I've been sent about my little sponsor dog whom I named after my late dad Derek when I donated £2000 to the charity. Go here to find out more if you'd like to donate and name one too!

Plus - malaria detection dogs - in case you missed it previously, there is now a plan for a programme to develop dogs who can detect if someone has malaria - very important due to the Zika virus.  more here.

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Charlie Bears will be coming down to my Vintage Pop Up Tea Rooms in Devon Feb 18,19thHow exciting! We are doing a bit of a fundraiser for Medical Detection Dogs too that weekend and a couple of the actual dogs themselves will be coming along – am so proud to be involved and it makes me smile knowing our help is contributing to irreplaceable canine companionship which changes lives. More here. Book it in your diary if you live nearby – and come try our homemade cakes and exquisite teas in bone china cups in a vintage setting – can’t wait! Sheepwash is EX215NE if you want to check out how far away you are from Retreats For You.

Charlie Bears will be coming down to my Vintage Pop Up Tea Rooms in Devon Feb 17,18,19th! How exciting! We are doing a bit of a fundraiser for MDD too that weekend and a couple of the actual dogs themselves will be coming along – am so proud to be involved and it makes me smile knowing our help is contributing to irreplaceable canine companionship which changes lives. More here. Book it in your diary if you live nearby – and come try our homemade cakes and exquisite teas in bone china cups in a vintage setting – can’t wait! Sheepwash is EX215NE if you want to check out how far away you are from Retreats For You.

1 February 2017

Derek the dog - 'Pup'-date

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another pic of my little boy ‘Derek’ the trainee Medical Detection Dogs partner dog I paid sponsor money to name (after my late dad Derek,) who will go to become a diabetes detection dog soon – am so proud of him. There will be a chance to go meet them all at Crufts this year, hall 3, stand 94, from March 9th to Sunday 12th inclusive. If you can go, do ask about their amazing work in cancer detection research too – it’s incredible.

Am going to also attend the Dogs Day Out near milton keynes in April - on 2nd. More soon, or check out their website here.

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come join us on Saturday to help Linda Magistris raise funds to kick off the new charity Good Grief Trust. I will be there and so will lots of bargains!

http://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/15057741.New_bereavement_charity_to_host_fundraising_event/?ref=fbshr

The event will take place from 11am to 3pm on Saturday February 4 at St. Anselm's Church, Old Hall, Balham High Rd.

"Good quality" donations are wanted. For more information or to make a donation please visit gofundme site.

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Lovely Lesley my Medical Detection Dogs sponsor dog – here's her latest update. Since I sponsored her puppy-naming, calling her after my mum (who was delighted - see archive for the pics!) she's coming on leaps and bounds!

Plus look who is supporting MDD! Thanks to Michele Hope for her fabulous visit – do check out her Facebook page for more info about how she intends to help raise funds for MDD too.

And we had a super night at Retreats for You in aid of MDD - raising £80 with a little raffle. Waiting for Christina to let me know what supplies they need and will send it!

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