The Medical Detection Dogs’ annual community fundraiser, Paint the Town Red, is back by popular demand from 12th-19th February.

Supporters of the charity will eat, sleep and breathe red to celebrate its life-saving dogs and their red jackets and help raise much needed funds for its work.

Schoolchildren will be creating red artwork, offices will be sharing red bakes, grooming parlours will be decorating their groom rooms red and much more.

Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to save lives by smelling human disease. The charity’s Bio Detection Dogs have already been trained find diseases like cancer, malaria, Parkinson’s and most recently, Covid-19.

Medical detection dog Viking

Medical alert assistance dogs are partnered with people with life-threatening conditions like type 1 diabetes, PoTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) or Addison’s disease. They alert their human partner to a change in their smell that indicates that a potentially fatal event is about to happen, saving their lives daily and giving them independence and their families peace of mind.

It costs the charity £29,000 to train each medical alert assistance dog and it relies on the generosity and fundraising efforts of its supporters.

Medical Detection Dogs’ community fundraiser, Carolyn Green, says, “By Painting the Town Red with us, you’ll be helping raise awareness of our work and funds for us to train even more life-saving dogs. Everyone will be feeling the love for Valentine’s Day that week anyway, so why not send some our way!

“You can take part with your friends, colleagues, family or school and as long as it’s red – it goes! Bake, run, cycle, dress, walk, decorate or paint – we can’t wait to see red with you all.”

“Our dogs are being trained to detect some of the most deadly diseases quickly, accurately and non-invasively and could revolutionise how they are diagnosed and lead to better patient outcomes.

“Sadly, diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s and, of course Covid-19, affect us all and this work could ultimately lead to more lives being saved. The conditions our medical alert assistance dogs work with are extremely complex and often our clients have given up hope of leading a normal life for fear of falling ill at any moment.

“Our dogs will be wearing their red coats that week like every week so please join them in celebrating the colour of love!”

If you would like to ‘Paint the Town Red’ and need more information or would like to order a fundraising pack, visit or contact





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