Fund launched to train Suffolk diabetes dog

Left to right: Norma Howell, Regional Support Coordinator for MDD in the East of England, Sarah Barb

Left to right: Norma Howell, Regional Support Coordinator for MDD in the East of England, Sarah Barber (Mayor of Ipswich) and Geoff Thorpe, chairman of Ipswich and District Supporters Group for Diabetes. Picture: ROD HOWELL - Credit: Archant

A charity have kick-started a fund to pay for a specially trained dog capable of sniffing out changes in the blood sugar level of a client with diabetes.

Ipswich and District Supporters Group for Diabetes held a public meeting at St Augustines Church Hall in Ipswich last week to raise awareness of the work of the Medical Detection Dogs (MDD) charity featuring a talk by its regional support coordinator Norma Howell.

More than 50 people attended, including Mayor of Ipswich Sarah Barber, raising £210 for the charity. The money will be used to launch a fund to raise £13,000 to train a dog for a Suffolk client living with diabetes.

The dogs are trained to sniff out minute changes in the client’s body odour triggered by their condition, allowing for an early warning system to an impending medical events.

For more on the charity visit www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk


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