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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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Puppy Party!

What an amazing time we had up at the Medical Detection Dogs HQ this week, including a lovely catch up with Little Derek and Lesley who are not so little any more! They are the fabulous clever canines which I sponsored and named (after my late dad and my mum) – aren’t they growing! Here’s the summary of what happened –

 https://www.facebook.com/DebbieFlintauthorqvc/videos/1073015926114390/

There’s a full round up of what we did on the day of the puppy party on my charity page blog update here. It was a thank you to all the girls who came to help at the recent fund raising events. We had a nice tour, lunch, and a look round the cancer detection research lab, where the little dogs are taught how to sniff out urine samples with cancer in. Hence the need for industrial freezers at minus 80! They cost £5000 each and we’ve managed to raise enough for two so far. They need 8, so if you fancy donating, just let the team know here! Anyway thanks to all my lovely ladies who came to help and also to lovely Arianne Poole who was interested enough to drop by too, and she and the other girls enjoyed watching a live demo of the cancer detection research training, as did Andie (who runs Get Geller Gorgeous group) who is holding one of my favourites, little rescue spaniel Martha. Lovely little Marlow is the new puppy who just arrived – he’s so cuddly and adorable – just like Derek and Lesley were when they were little! Here’s a montage of the day –

 

The kids who need Medical Alert Dogs were also there – mainly they need the canine companions to help with diabetes, as their own dogs detect when they have high or low blood sugar, since they can’t do it themselves. It is a blessing for the parents of these children to have peace of mind that their child is being monitored by such a clever animal, changing their lives by detecting changes in their breath. Here’s the outdoor ‘musical chairs/detection dogs’ game we played – can you spot who is the big kid with Derek the dog?

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWSwWhZvX7E

Hehe! I gave up half way through though, to allow the kids to win! Had to curtail my competitive instinct tho’ – lol. We also heard from mum Serena and her two boys, Charlie and Steven. Steven’s MDD dog is Molly, who stays by him day and night and prevents him going into a coma and has transformed their lives, especially Serena’s, as she used to be up each night testing him every ninety minutes. Here she talks about how Molly can even detect Steven’s blood sugar levels from the sidelines when he is playing a football match!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnXpPZMIA3k

Seriously, a lovely day was had by all, and an amazing insight into the charity for which all the hard work is paying off. I love going there – it makes me feel grounded and I’m so proud of my team, and that MDD asked me to be an ambassador for them.

NEWS – we are going to arrange some sort of Open Day and Table Top Sale in November – more news later in the year, watch out for it if you live near or can get to Milton Keynes.

Here’s a reminder of why Medical Detection Dogs’ work is so vital and how it all began, including the story of Daisy and how she told founder Dr Claire Guest that she had cancer and got it treated early.

Do get Claire's book if you can, it's a super buy and a wonderful present for anyone what loves dogs or is interested in success stories around cancer detection and the amazing research they are doing that can change the way the NHS deals with certain screening in the future.

Love this work!

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Watch this - the amazing MDD dog Magic and his owner / 'partner' Claire - watch how he alerts her in the middle of the night! This blog on the Cambridge uni site has hit over 1.5m views!

 click here!

This is why I devote my time to fundraising for this amazing charity. If you'd like to donate you can go to Chris Jopp's Just Giving page here

or you can text eg 'DOGS21 £5' to 70070 to donate five pounds. Or find out more here on their website about what you can do to get involved. Like sponsoring a puppy. I named two, after raising enough through my events and contacts. The first one was Derek, now about eight months old I think. And the other is little Lesley who is now not so little! See the updates below (or archive, bottom left) 

Anyway off I popped to the Kent County Show to help out for a few hours both Friday and Saturday and met up with Claire and her diabetes alert MDD dog, Pal. Whilst we were at the fair he alerted her to high or low blood sugars several times - spectators were in awe, quite rightly. It's a spectacular life-changing skill.

Here's the look around the show which I did on Friday, including a chat with Claire about Pal and Medical Detection Dogs. Click here.

Plus I had another TiFFT (try it for the first time club!) with a live interview on BBC Radio Kent - here's a quick chat with Erika North after I'd done it!

AND I touched a baby owl - meet it here. Lovely event.

 Fundraising

Chris's page is helping to raise the funds to cover the costs of being at the Kent County Show. Do help! 

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Pic of Claire guest and dog MDD report What a fabulous charity this is, courtesy of lovey Dr Claire Guest here, with her dog Daisy. Plus here’s a Cambridge Uni explanation of how lovely dogs like Magic, can help science – as featured on this report. Click here to watch it. (embed if poss hon)

Lesley my little sponsor puppy is not so little! See archives for other updates on lovely little lesley.

The latest - i LOVE HERRRRR!!

Lesley is a delightful, affectionate, happy, confident little dog who has not yet met a person or creature she doesn’t like. She lives with hens, ducks, geese, sheep and a cat and has encountered all sorts of other animals from alpacas to frogs - all fascinating! (A visit from the sheep shearer was especially entertaining). Her best friend is probably the cat, who patiently tolerates her washing his ears but draws the line at games of roughand-tumble. Her very first public outing after her vaccinations was to the village pub while on holiday in Cornwall where she brought everything to a halt while everyone including the barman made a huge fuss of her. Nothing seems to bother her in terms of loud noises or strange-looking things, she takes it all in her stride. She is intelligent and quick to learn new commands and is eager to please. If anything, her enthusiasm to meet people and other dogs needs a little more control but she is gradually learning that not everyone is as keen as she is to jump about and play. Lesley has visited lots of different places including shops, railway stations, farms & pubs and has enjoyed a bus ride and a wonderful day on a canal boat. We plan to take her to a number of country shows over the summer. Her favourite toy is undoubtedly a tuggy and she greatly enjoys taking all her bedding and toys out of her sleeping crate and distributing them around the house for us to trip over. Thus far - touch wood - she hasn’t really done anything especially naughty or destructive aside from a little bit of unauthorised digging in the garden. Lesley is the second Medical Detection Dogs puppy we have had after a sprocker (Alan) last year who we grew very fond of and it will be a real wrench when Lesley eventually has to leave us but whoever is lucky enough to become her ‘client’ will be fortunate indeed.

jUNE 2016.

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Lesley my little sponsor puppy is not so little! See archives for other updates on lovely little lesley.

The latest - i LOVE HERRRRR!!

Lesley is a delightful, affectionate, happy, confident little dog who has not yet met a person or creature she doesn’t like. She lives with hens, ducks, geese, sheep and a cat and has encountered all sorts of other animals from alpacas to frogs - all fascinating! (A visit from the sheep shearer was especially entertaining). Her best friend is probably the cat, who patiently tolerates her washing his ears but draws the line at games of roughand-tumble. Her very first public outing after her vaccinations was to the village pub while on holiday in Cornwall where she brought everything to a halt while everyone including the barman made a huge fuss of her. Nothing seems to bother her in terms of loud noises or strange-looking things, she takes it all in her stride. She is intelligent and quick to learn new commands and is eager to please. If anything, her enthusiasm to meet people and other dogs needs a little more control but she is gradually learning that not everyone is as keen as she is to jump about and play. Lesley has visited lots of different places including shops, railway stations, farms & pubs and has enjoyed a bus ride and a wonderful day on a canal boat. We plan to take her to a number of country shows over the summer. Her favourite toy is undoubtedly a tuggy and she greatly enjoys taking all her bedding and toys out of her sleeping crate and distributing them around the house for us to trip over. Thus far - touch wood - she hasn’t really done anything especially naughty or destructive aside from a little bit of unauthorised digging in the garden. Lesley is the second Medical Detection Dogs puppy we have had after a sprocker (Alan) last year who we grew very fond of and it will be a real wrench when Lesley eventually has to leave us but whoever is lucky enough to become her ‘client’ will be fortunate indeed.

jUNE 2016.

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yes the Medical Detection Dogs will be present for the huge Kent County Show - in Deitling from 8-10th July. Ticket only event. Come see us on the stand! Headed up by Claire and her fab dog Pal, with help from our lovely volunteers - there will be a lucky dip with some fab prizes.

It was very successful at the June 12th Fete, so we are recreating it!

ROCHESTER CASTLE WOBBLE

Bodybladers Get Together! We will be meeting at Rochester County late morning on Saturday 9th July, to record a little supersix video, with Bruce on Skype. Then lunch! Then in afternoon (ticket needed) we will go to the Kent County Show to see the Medical Detection Dogs stand.

More info to be posted below and on the event page on Facebook - do click here and  state 'going' if you are in the wobble!

DONATIONS

Chris Jopp's Just Giving page is where to post your donations - we need to clear £700 if possible, that's the new target to help pay for the stand at the show!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Chris-Jopp 


Join the Bodyblade Ohana facebook group too where the group reside. https://www.facebook.com/groups/bodybladeqvc/ 

more news soon!

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And a lovely day was had by all! Thanks to everyone who made it possible. More info and pics and videos on my - 

newsletter here

 

and on my QVC blog here.

And thanks to Aimee, Lorri Vick's pal for making this amazing MDDD cake - with little 'derek' and 'lesley' (the pups I named) in marzipan, even the streaks in my hair were red and blonde marzipan! lol. It got divided up at another fundraiser the week after and brought in another £40! 

As reported on Facebook, the super Mega Draw- the online raffle - made a whopping £4,200, and the afternoon and evening events and auction etc took it up to over £7500!

Sara's Mega Draw page - £4273

Jan's auction and evening do page - £1418 (plus some separate cash)

plus cash at the afternoon fete.

A great time was had by all. Thanks again.

 

NEXT FUNDRAISER - we will be at the Kent County Show on 8,9,10 July - in Deitling. More here. Do come along! Preceded by a special Bodybladers get together at Rochester Castle - if you're a bodyblader and would love to go, make sure you also join the Bodyblade Ohana group and request info.

 

WELL DONE DR CLAIRE GUEST

And yet more congratulations to the amazing founder of Medical Detection Dogs, Dr Claire Guest was invited to the First Women Awards last night (Tuesday) as she was nominated for the Science and Technology category and won!
Huge Congratulations Dr Claire!

Well done all

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This weekend (29th may) I caught up with lovely Lesley puppy and many of the official canine partners and talented dogs, helping their owners to remain more healthy. As usual there’s more about the charity on my website here.

Doggy day out in Stowe School, Bucks.

Nice pic of me and Lesley!

As an ambassador to the Medical Detection Dogs charity, I get involved in all sorts. This time it was the open day for all the volunteers, owners and doggies. I had to get up and do a little speech – regulars will know I’m not the best at that, so I was quite proud of myself once it was done. It’s been announced that MDD will now be doing some Malaria infection detection studies, where dogs may be useful yet again, over and above what they are bred for! The founder, Dr Claire Guest, did her usual wonderful chat about the latest finds and Rob Harris and Ozzie did their usual excellent sniffing demo. Turns out that 5% of humans are actually super-sniffers! Are you? My daughter Lauren, my sis Linda and my pal Jillly Halliday are definitely some – I’m not – unless I don’t eat dairy for weeks, then my sense of smell sharpens up! Anyway, at the MDD Vintage Tea and Fete on June 12th we will have a special ‘guess the sniff’ table so you can test yourself!

It was lovely to be amongst ‘my people’ once more – specially these two! Lesley puppy is 16 weeks old now and the darker of the two -

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbg8XHOVtvg

Then all the new ‘graduates’ got up and received their certificates – here are some of the amazing partnerships, including many who have diabetes type 1, where the dog detects too high or too low blood sugar on their owner’s breath, plus Addison’s and POTS detectors. More info here on the MDD website if you’d like to find out more.

 Vid of all the certificate winners https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DynowjsnEcI

Here’s another one of the stories of someone whose life has been changed by this wonderful charity which I’m proud to be part of. Yasmine’s life has changed beyond recognition as her poggy Nano detects nuts, as she has a severe nut allergy. So bad, at the MDD lunch, she had to call out the paramedics. But mostly her dog will warn her not to even go into an office or a room if there are nuts in the air. Do read it. Your donations help make all this possible. It actually makes you really grateful for your lot – do you know what I mean? I think ‘I don’t feel to good.’ ‘Why?’ ‘Because I stayed up too late and ate rubbish.’ ‘Well you got no problems!’

And here are some of the doggy heroes changing people’s lives.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmWHpB4TyB4

Wonderful Day. Congrats to all!

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Medical Detection Dogs Update

Malaria you won’t believe it but the latest research the clever canines will be helping with very soon is in fact, malaria detection. Apparently it can be done by dogs, and helps stop infecting since mosquitoes tend to go for people already infected, hence spreading it more. “Using medical detection dogs to identify people with malaria parasites.” Durham University will partner with Medical Detection Dogs, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia on this project.” Loads more reasons to help me support them. Read about it here.

And if you missed what all the fuss is about – here’s the short video telling you all about the MDD’s amazing work, providing assistance alert dogs to smell human disease and prevent harm, plus their invaluable work in early cancer detection, and now malaria!

watch the video explaining about the work of Medical Detection Dogs, filmed in Milton Keynes - click here.

 

Deborah Meaden becomes an ambassador 

How lovely that such a high profile personality has joined forces with MDD to raise awareness. Here's the full announcement and I look forward to more news about the lovely lady and her activities - click here to find out more about the successful businesswoman from dragon's Den.

and what about the big summer Vintage Teas and fete I'm putting on in Wotton, Dorking? Well all the info is on my blog here. Do come find out more and do come join in!

Plus the big online Mega Draw where you can get a prize which you will be sent - and each one is over £50 value! Tickets via just giving, the page is here. raffle info here.

best wishes

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WHy not come join us on June 12th at Wotton Hall, Wotton, Dorking, on the A25 just behind the Wotton Hatch for a super vintage teas and table top sale event?

12-5 ish.

Tombola, lucky dip

test your nose - sniffing table

meet QVC guests including - tbc - Tom from Alpha H, Adele from SBC, Abi from Ultrasun, Emma from Imedeen with her collagen analysis , possibly Lee Hohbein with a tech table, possibly Craig Rowe presenter, and Patrick from Quacker who will be doing a special ticket only supper Quiz afterwards, 630 onwards.

Vintage Teas provided by Hotch Potch.

Let us know if you'd like to come along!

Just put 'going' on the Facebook event page here. (link to follow)

any questions let me know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

thanks!

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ps all in aid of Medical Detection Dogs.

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