Lifesaving dogs visit Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 February 2014

Dogs trained to help sufferers cope with complex medical conditions came to Roche in Wwlwyn Garden City.

Dogs trained to help sufferers cope with complex medical conditions came to Roche in Wwlwyn Garden City.

Mark Sammons Photography 2014

Lifesaving dogs that can detect crucial blood sugar levels have visited Welwyn Garden City drugs firm Roche after it decided to support their work.

Roche, which has its UK headquarters in Shire Park and raises about £25,000 a year for its chosen charities, has decided to back Medical Detection Dogs in 2014.

The charity trains dogs to live with people with complex medical conditions such as diabetes, using their sense of smell to detect dangerous changes in their blood sugar levels.

The specially-trained dogs can even smell substances in the air that their human partners are allergic to.

Aiden Brisland, of Roche’s corporate affairs section, said: “Roche colleagues are delighted to be supporting Medical Detection Dogs this year. It is a rapidly- growing charity that provides life-saving assistance for people who desperately need help and support to manage a range of serious health conditions.”

Charity chief executive Claire Guest said: “We currently have 48 dogs working in partnerships that support individuals with a variety of conditions. But we have close to another 50 people who want a dog to help them.

“It costs us £10,000 to train a dog to our standards which currently means it will take us three years to supply everyone on our waiting list.”

The charity is involved in research to see if dogs can smell cancer, and so help early diagnosis.

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