Medical Detection Dogs, a charity which trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease, has been announced as CVS’ Charity of the Year following a staff ballot. It will benefit from fundraising carried out at a practice and individual level during the year with the proceeds presented at CVS’ annual conference in October. Medical Alert Assistance Dogs trained by the charity work with children and adults with complex life-threatening illnesses throughout the UK. Its Cancer Detection Dogs, for instance, are working on prostate, renal and bladder and breast cancer studies which the charity believes have the potential to save thousands of lives through the early detection of cancer and other diseases.
Dr Claire Guest, CEO and Director of Operations and Medical Detection Dogs, said: “We are delighted that CVS has chosen us as its Charity of the Year. We receive no government funding and support such as this makes a huge difference and helps us to continue our ground-breaking work.”
Barry Brackner, Marketing and Commercial Director at CVS, said: “The work of Medical Detection Dogs is inspiring and it was an overwhelming winner in our staff vote. We are all excited to be supporting the charity this year and hope to raise vital funds, as well as helping to boost to promote its life-saving work. Last year teams from across the whole of CVS worked tirelessly to raise over £39,000 for Support Dogs. This year we aim to do even better for Medical Detection Dogs and our fundraising is already underway.”