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A Word About my Charity – Medical Detection Dogs.

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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 –  

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.



Derek my lovely sponsor dog has had his passing out parade at last! Hooray! Medical Detection Dogs have kept me informed about his progress for the two years or so since I paid to name him, and it's been a pleasure to chart his progress. Now he has been allocated to a lovely guy, pictured with Derek here, and I'm so proud of the lovely little chap. He'll now help his new 'partner' detect high or low blood sugar levels and signal him to do a blood test. Even when Derek's asleep he's trained to wake up if he needs to do an alert. He's now one of the fold and will stay with his owner through thick and thin. How wonderful. More info about my fab charity for which I'm an ambassador here. and on my blogs here.

Oh my goodness! What excitement at MDD HQ when they were invited by patron HRH Camilla Duchess of Cornwall to see HRH the Queen in June and to do one of their famous demos.

  • These dogs are able to sniff out Parkinson's disease, and bladder and prostate cancer amongst other illnesses. They have been proven to be up to 93% accurate - far far more precise than most other forms of detection.

The Queen has been told how dogs are so far ahead of humans when it comes to detecting cancer, scientists are developing a digital dog’s nose.

If successful, she was told, it will save lives.

Dogs which sniff out cancers are trained by the charity Medical Detection Dogs.

And in the Royal Mews, the stables at the back of Buckingham Palace earlier, the Queen watched Kizzy – a cocker spaniel – discover which of the eight urine samples placed in front of her came from a human with bladder cancer.

See the ITV coverage here and read all about it on the Prince of Wales' website here!

I am a Very proud ambassador!




Such a fab article - and a great photo!

NR Times, the magazine for brain and spinal patients, explore the work these clever canines are doing.

It starts like this -


Like most dedicated healthcare staff, Kim is up early on weekdays. After a healthy breakfast, she heads to work, ready for her shift.


She spends the day embroiled in ground-breaking disease research and is rewarded handsomely for her efforts.

Unusually for a health worker, however, she walks on all fours and wags her tail when she’s happy.

Kim is a black Labrador and her employer is Medical Detection Dogs – an organisation that looks certain to have a greater impact in neuro-rehab circles in future...

read the rest of the piece here, and pls check out MDD website here, including the latest products on sale and how to donate, sponsor a puppy and even name a puppy...



29 November 2017

Festive Best Day for MDD!

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hah! Watch this! The Medical Detection Dogs 'Festive Best' day - here's my effort, as posted on their Facebook page! x


click here to watch the video

Thanks to Claire Pearson, and her lovely dog Pal, had a fab time at the gorgeous surroundings of Leeds Castle in Kent on Wednesday 15th November.


My good pal Sheena drove me as my hand op was still healing (carpel tunnel) and we met the mayor and lady mayoress, Betsy Duncan Smith (patron) and many lovely medical detection dogs and their owners. 

Go here to see the pics from the night, on a Facebook post 

the choir sounded amazing

Founder Dr Claire Guest's explanation about these clever canines was fascinating as ever and the demo's included the latest - detecting specific bacterium on a swab. Go here to see it on the post I did on Facebook - you don't have to have a Facebook account to view it.

Claire Pearson's son gave a super account of what it was like to live with a mum who might collapse at any time, before MDD dog Pal arrived in their lives.

and claire's specialist describes his skepticism about dogs sniffing high or low blood sugar, before he encountered MDD


It was a super night and it was nice to catch up with so many of my MDD friends. The charity still needs much funding to continue their amazing work including into -

-prostate cancer detection

- malaria detection

- specific bacteria detection

- and parkinson's disease , early detection

and in the future even breast cancer, which ties in with Dr Claire's original experience with her dog Daisy. 'daisy's gift' is the book chronicling the events that led to a nodule of deep seated cancer being discovered in Claire's own breast and how Daisy's early detection saved Claire's life.

Much of their news is reported in the regular editions of their magazine,  'Sniff' magazine - read it all online here, including at some stage about Leeds Castle, no doubt.

Visit their site for xmas cards too - some lovely pics this year.

So proud to be involved with such an amazing charity.

Derek the Dog gets a match

At last, Derek the Dog has been matched with a diabetic owner in a new MDD partnership. Jason is a lovely chap and they are now going through their accreditation before they will be properly announced on the world. Since I donated enough funds to name a puppy, I have followed 'derek' - named after my late dad - and now two years later, he has finally attained his purpose. more soon...




I've been asked to help out lovely charity Good Grief Trust and sing at an event in Kingston on Saturday 9th. If you would like to find out more, please see below from Linda Magistris

Yay!! We have confirmed the date for our GOOD GRIEF CHRISTMAS PARTY!!

Join us to celebrate our 1st Anniversary and the launch of our new website.

SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER- 7pm - Invitation only - £20 - to include; 
a delicious supper, dancing, entertainment and lots of fun! 
(& a fab Goody Bag!)

Football Club AFC Wimbledon

Hosted by the fabulous Denise Waterman
Featuring the beautiful soulful jazz voice of Debbie Flint
Posh Bingo! Raffle/Auction & Prizes galore!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve yours.

Bring a few friends to join your table. Great start to the Christmas festivities and you will be helping us to raise funds to signpost all those suffering grief to support across the UK. The Good Grief Trust

I've been told there are 


It all went really well, when, on September 16th at a concert at The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon, the Eric Gilchrist Jazz Trio and I raised over £1000 for Medical Detection Dogs - what a wonderful way to have fun and also to raise money. We were joined by local dignitary and celeb Barry 'the Singing Councillor' Parsons who sang songs from the musicals too, and he was fab. Thanks to Sheena Ryder co-organiser too for her stellar work including with the raffle on the night. I loved having my daughter Lauren there also, with her new hubby Nick - they came for a break and it was my pleasure to look after her and the band as guests at Retreats for You my writing retreat/guest house - including making full cooked breakfast and homemade bread as I normally would for my regular guests. But the band performed for free and the venue just took a contribution towards their fundraising too and all in all it was a great night. (I'm glad it's over now though I must admit - 'cos I'm knackered!! lol.) Plus we had the tea rooms event the day after ... thanks to everyone who came along.

Go here to watch the live Facebook video of the rehearsal - basically all of the first half of my performances.

Go here to watch the videos of the performances - i can dream can't I? - and a little bit of My Baby Just Cares for Me ! lol.

Plus we did Cheek to Cheek and You can always Count on Me and I only have eyes for you. And a duet - kind of - Something Stupid.

Go here to read the local press review afterwards - Crediton Chronicle


Go here to  read more about MDD.

The next big event for MDD will be in November, when I attend the big Leeds Castle fundraising dinner.



We also then had a tea rooms event again at my place on the Sunday - it's all go! It was the best-attended, yet - with a total of over £1000 raised for Medical Detection Dogs. 

Go here to see a short video - we were packed!


Thanks to everyone who came and made it possible to raise so much again, over such a short space of time.

Very grateful

So are Medical Detection Dogs!





Go here to watch on Youtube, the video interview Good Grief Trust are using, for the reasons why I think this charity is such an amazing idea. Well done my pal Linda Magistris for setting it up. It's in its infancy, but the website is underway now, and some very important people are getting involved.

more here.

Esther Rantzen on GGT

Greg Wise on GGT

I have to say also, kudos to Linda and her volunteers for going along to the Grenfell follow up procedures and helping there too.


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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