The founder of a cancer detection charity in Milton Keynes has won a British Citizen award.
Dr Claire Guest, CEO of Medical Detection Dogs, was given the prize for her charity’s life-saving work in the management of long-term illnesses and the research into early cancer detection.
Dr Guest said: “I am immensely grateful for this award and the commendation of our work at Medical Detection Dogs.
“I am very proud of how far we have come in the seven years since we started out. Last year alone we made incredible progress, with the approval of our application to begin a significant trial into the ability of dogs to detect breast cancer.
“In 2015, the trial will begin and by the end of the year we expect to be collecting some very interesting results.”
Buckinghamshire-based Medical Detection Dogs is a world leader in its research to investigate the ability of dogs to detect the odour of volatile substances.
Since starting up in 2008, the charity has trained dogs to screen thousands of urine samples collected from volunteers since its inception.
It also provides medical assistance dogs to individuals with long-term illnesses, such as diabetes and Addison’s disease.