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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.



Hi all I just wanted to say thank you for this. (Anyone who buys a raffle ticket you don't have to say going because you clearly have already gone!smile emoticon X)

When I first found out about medical detection dogs I was blown away by how amazingly talented these gorgeous creatures are. The lovely canine companions alert their owners when they go below five and above 15 blood sugar measurements, for instance, in the case of serious T1 diabetes, meaning they can live a more normal life - with their routine at least, just taking the dog with them wherever they go.

Secondly this charity is doing research into detecting prostate cancer, early, and more accurately , considering how many false positives the standard PSa measurements give.

When they asked me to be an ambassador I was over the moon, because it encompasses so much. It helps children, it helps all sorts of people with all sorts of illnesses, it helps detection of prostate cancer and even down the line also breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and it won't stop there.

But there is a long 3 yr waiting list for owners to have puppies, it cost £11,000 to train a puppy from start to finish plus £750 a year upkeep, and the more we can do , the sooner someone like eg a little boy or girl under 10 with type 1 diabetes can live a more normal life.

Thank you so much if you could possibly share this page as well - the just giving page I mean, fingers crossed you will get some other people give to it too.

And after all you stand a chance of winning some amazing prizes! Thank you to everyone who is buying more than one it's wonderful to have your donations X

It's here everyone! time to buy your raffle tickets to win the amazing prizes listed in the pinned post! It's an incredible list -


And follow the new prizes as they go up on organiser Sara Brown's Fbk Event page here

thanks again - you're all wonderful



It's here! The Amazon Wish List for Medical Detection Dogs!

Firstly to provide doggy supplies

Secondly to supply stationary so as not to waste fund raising on paper cips! (OK so they don't use many paper clips but you get what I mean!)


best wishes



ps just click on the links - coming soon - and you can donate to the charity by ordering some supplies. Thanks so much.

22 November 2015

MDD make it onto CNN!

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wow wow and wow.

ps the mega draw is to raise fund towards buying the industrial freezers that are needed to take the samples for this study mentioned in this CNN report.x 

Here's the link to the event page where you can click 'going' to register your intent to join in and buy a £5 ticket or two. The prizes already offered include Alpha H skincare, a volumising Philip Kingsley set, DKNy watch, and a whopping prize - a fab Elemis consultation with Keeley! 

20th November - donations include many from facebookers too - liz Earle haircare hamper. Plus how about a Downton Abbey book signed by many of the cast! That's being donated by lovely Lesley Nicol my fellow ambassador, who plays the cook in the amazing TV series.

And = stop press - how about a Gatineau skincare goodie bag worth £100 plus if you're near enough to collect it, coffee with Andrew Bagley!

the Just Giving page will donate the funds directly to Medical Detection dogs as we did with the summer one and will also allow straight donations by text!

More soon!

NB Just Giving page going live this weekend - 28/29th November! - go here to JUST GIVING TO DONATE AND BUY A £5 RAFFLE TICKER



go here to find out more!  


Regulars will know I’m an ambassador for the charity Medical Detection Dogs, well I’ve been recruiting supercool Ambassadets! Hot on the heels of Patrick from Quacker hosting an online quiz night (another one early December by the way,) I’m thrilled to introduce you to Bones – the limited edition Charlie Bears dog who looks a bit like the pug on our xmas videos! He’s already 100 out of 500 gone, and every bear donates £10 to the charity. Hopefully if any left they’ll come onto QVC at some point, otherwise more info on the Charlie Bears website below. If they all sell out they will raise almost enough money to buy the first freezer! (see previous blogs to find out more!) Go Will and Charlie! 


go here to the Charlie Bears site to get yours - soon!

STOP PRESS - IT WAS A SUCCESS! Go here to test yourself if you're reading this on catch-up.

Thanks to all - we raised £358, which is enough to cover two days' training for a puppy.



ps Patrick will be hosting another one in early December!


This Monday - 26th October - we will be releasing the questions for a super fun 'virtual pub quiz' which you are very welcome to join us for.

Us is myself and Marie Francoise (Kipling) , Patrick Hoy (Quacker) and Gill Gauntlett, fab QVC guests and my mates who came to the MDD HQ with me last month. 

In this week's Monday night 8-9pm webchat slot, on Back to You QVC Facebook group (here - ping to join) we will be having a big chat with Patrick, Gill and Marie-Francoise about what we saw at MDD HQ and how the medical detection dogs help save lives and detect cancer eg prostate cancer in hospital urine samples. THEN – how about this – if you love a pub quiz, we will be having a fun ‘virtual online version’ open to everyone but kind donations of £5 per person (not compulsory) will help raise some funds for the charity… 

So sign up now!

Just go go here to the new Just Giving page, donate, and remember to leave your email address and on Monday you will be emailed the info.

You can also take part by going to this event page which is a public event, and where the questions will be posted during the hour long virtual pub quiz -

 or to keep it short and sweet - you can now donate via text! yay!

Text 'MDDC53 £2' to 70070 to donate £2. Or the amount you would like to contribute. 




First of all a HUGE thank you to all of you who helped to raise funds back in August  

MDD were so pleased that Debbie has been made an Ambassador for them! On a visit to the centre she discovered they are in need of specialist freezers capable of -80 degrees which will store urine for further research.  These cost £5,000 each and whilst we aren't expecting to raise the full amount with this quiz every penny counts so please please take part and donate £5 or just donate you don't have to take part but will be fun if you do!!!!

This is just for fun so no prizes but maybe you could get a group of you together and organise your own prize between you? Would be great to see photos if you do! You could even do it in an actual pub!!!!! 

All this fun will be on the Back to You Facebook page in the usual web chat spot on Monday 26 October so please come along and join in what I am sure will be a whole lot of madness along with a VERY SPECIAL QUIZ MASTER!!! Patrick Hoy himself, chief Quacker King from QVC's fashion brand, will be setting the questions for those who want to play along side us. 

Thanks for taking the time to visit the quiz  JustGiving page.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Come join us! and read more on my website, 'charity' tab.




ps MDD are also selling some super xmas cards for festive fundraising - go here to see more.

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