Since 1989 we have happily acted as a local “depot” for used stamps, which then get converted into cash for charity. With Christmas coming and the likelihood of more stamped post coming through your doors, we thought it would be timely to remind you…
The Charity, Medical Detection Dogs, works in partnership with researchers, NHS Trusts and Universities and aims to train specialist dogs to detect human disease.
Dogs are renowned for their sense of smell and for centuries doctors have known that diseases have characteristic odours that dogs may be able to detect. For example, cancer cells release small amounts of volatile substances and Cancer Detection Dogs are being trained to detect these. The charity hopes their work and research will enable scientists to develop an early cancer screening system.
In addition Medical Alert Dogs are trained to assist individuals to manage complex medical conditions on a day to day basis. The dogs are trained to identify the odour changes associated with certain medical events such as diabetes and hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar). Once trained the dogs will often recognise symptoms even before their owners do, and will bring any necessary medical supplies and raise the alarm if necessary – amazing!
You can find out more about the organisation at medical detection dogs.
If you would also like to help this organisation continue its life changing work, just collect any used stamps at home or work, pop them in a bag or envelope and bring them to our office in Frederick Street. Our local Charity fundraiser Wendy Coley pictured with Gill, collects them from us regularly.