When moving to our new office, the buddies team came to realise that we had an abundance of old unused office furniture, and wanted to ensure that this went to use rather than the tip.
While researching charity’s that could possibly benefit from a furniture donation, we found that Medical Detection Dogs were in the process of building a new research and training facility at their centre in Great Horwood.
Their new facilities will not only increase the capacity for research into the early detection and diagnosis of disease, but will also enable them to increase the number of Medical Alert Assistance dog partnerships, and widen the range of conditions that their dogs can detect.
Frankie Hockham, Fundraising Manager for Medical Detection Dogs says, “We are so grateful to Buddies for their generous donation of furniture for our new facilities. Medical Detection Dogs receives no government funding, so we rely completely on the support of organisations and individuals.”
The Charity’s Bio-Detection Dogs are trained to find the odour of diseases, such as cancer, in samples such as urine, breath and swabs, while their Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are trained to detect minute changes in an individual’s personal odour triggered by their disease, and alert them to an impending medical event.
The total cost of training and placing a Medical Alert Assistance Dog is £13,000. The total cost of training a Bio Detection Dog is £11,500 with an ongoing monthly cost of £600. To find out more about the ways in which you can help this fantastic charity, visit their website https://www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk.
The Buddies team are glad they could help such a fantastic charity and look forward to working with the Medical Detection Dogs team again in the future.