The FM Contract Watch chosen charity for 2016 is Medical Assistance Dogs.

Following a visit to the head office of Medical Assistance Dogs near to Milton Keynes, we were greatly impressed with the research and work they carry out training dogs to save lives.

Medical Assistance Dogs train dogs to support individuals with complex health problems who have no awareness of an impending life threatening medical event. Using their amazing sense of smell the dogs can alert the individuals prior to an emergency enabling them to take preventative action. They can also get help and fetch vital medical supplies.

The charity also trains dogs to detect the early signs of cancer. The aim is to assist scientists in the development of electronic systems (e Noses) and the cancer dogs could provide additional detection for difficult to diagnose cancers.

The ACS Pacesetters Annual Award lunch on 24th May 2016 will be supporting this worthwhile charity.