Twelve lucky students from Newton House at The Peele Community College in Long Sutton spent a day at the Medical Detection Dogs headquarters in Milton Keynes.
MDD is their chosen house charity this year and students had entered a competition to win this fantastic trip, with the winners being chosen by their recent guest at a school assembly, Claire Moon and her Medical Detection dog, Magic.
There were even comments from the other guests present at the fantastic attitude and interest that the Peele students were showing
The day started with a presentation from one of the MDD team, detailing the importance of the research and development that they are striving for.
The students were informed of the various dogs that have been trained so far and the support that they give their new owners, from diabetic alerts, narcolepsy, nut allergy and Addisons disease to name just a few.
The students were then allowed into the laboratory and saw for themselves two different dogs demonstrating how they detect cancerous cells from various different samples. One detected cells for prostate cancer, the other for breast cancer.
It was truly amazing and they were both 100 per cent accurate in their detection.
A question and answer session then followed – loads of terrific questions were asked and there were even comments from the other guests present at the fantastic attitude and interest that the Peele students were showing.
Two gorgeous puppies were the highlight of the afternoon – they are both currently being trained to be assistance dogs and the students really enjoyed talking to the trainers and finding out about everything that they do.
The day ended with a tour of the HQ and a chance to meet the rest of the team. All the staff at MDD were thoroughly impressed with the students and the commitment that the whole of Newton House are showing with their fundraising efforts.
The students, together with their head of house Therasa Earl, are now in the process of putting together a very special assembly to show the rest of the Peele Community College just how amazing this charity is.
Next step for in the students fundraising itinerary – The ‘Pooch @Peele’ Charity Dog Show on Saturday, June 6. Medical Detection Dogs will be attending as well as some other special guests, stalls, refreshments and fun activities for all the family.
Hopefully the students of Newton House will hit their target of £2000 which will allow them to choose a name for a MDD puppy. Their name of choice, “Newton”, a legacy that they all can watch and learn as it is trained into being a life saving animal.