So, when HRH the Duchess of Cornwall was about to visit Medical Detection Dogs, a Milton Keynes-based charity that works with researchers, NHS Trusts and Universities, the charity contacted Waste King to arrange for its operatives to collect some old, waste carpet tiles.
According to Waste King’s managing director, Glenn Currie, the specialist collections, clearance and recycling company removed some eight yards of waste – including the carpet tiles – before the Duchess arrived on 20th February to view the charity’s work.
Jessica Ryzman, Operations Support Manager at Medical Detection Dogs, said: “The Duchess’ visit went better than we could have imagined. We’re really grateful to Waste King for collecting the rubbish so promptly and professionally. It was a huge worry dealt with effectively and efficiently.”
Last year, Waste King, began supporting the Medical Detection Dogs as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy.
Glenn Currie commented: “We believe that the charity’s not only doing valuable practical work in helping people with existing conditions to keep those conditions from being life threatening but it’s also involved in important research work. This research could result in saving the NHS a great deal of time and money because of the early detection of medical conditions.
“Naturally, we’re delighted to be able to help Medical Detection Dogs not only by raising money for them but also helping in a more practical way by cleaning up their premises before the royal visit,” he added.
Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to help people with life threatening health conditions, giving these people greater independence and a higher quality of life. Its dogs are taught to identify the odour changes that are associated with certain medical events. They alert their ‘owners’; bring any necessary medical supplies such as glucose and blood testing kits, and get help if necessary.
About Medical Detection Dogs (www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk)
Medical Detection Dogs is a charity that works with researchers, NHS Trusts and Universities. Its Medical Alert Dogs are taught to identify the odour changes that are associated with certain medical events. This includes:
• Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) – notably for people living with diabetes.
• Addisonian crisis which causes severe pain, convulsions and unconsciousness.
• Narcolepsy, a malfunction of the sleep/wake regulating system which causes sleep attacks and paralysis.
The charity is continuing to investigate other debilitating and potentially fatal conditions where its dogs may be able to help. These include severe allergic responses and migraines.
This work originated because Dr John Church became interested in using sniffer dogs to detect cancer after he read a letter in an edition of The Lancet in 1989. In 2003 Dr Church brought together a team of doctors, dog trainers and scientists – and, the following year, published a preliminary proof of principle study, following the world’s first clinically robust trial to be completed.
‘Cancer and Bio-detection Dogs’ was formed in October 2007 and obtained charitable status in June 2008.
About Waste King Ltd
A specialist collections, clearance and recycling company, Waste King serves the domestic and commercial markets. It focuses not only on providing a friendly, efficient, cost-effective service but also one which is environmentally friendly. In particular, Waste King’s uniformed, Environment Agency-licensed staff take time to ensure that the maximum amount of waste can be recycled and that all the waste it collects is disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
Waste King was formed, in 2007, by Glenn Currie and Andy Cattigan, who had experience in sales and IT respectively and were keen to ‘do something to help the environment’
Further information from:
Waste King Ltd, 0800 234 3657 / 07761 577001; glenn.currie@
Bob Little Press & PR, 01727 860405; firstname.lastname@example.org