Mayor strides out to help train fun walk's four-legged helpers

Bicester Advertiser: Melanie Magee, left, with her Cavalier King Charles spaniel Hazel, Sophie Lines, centre, from Medical Detection Dogs, with detection dogs Dan the Labrador and Hogan the cockerpoo, and Serena Courtney with cocker spaniel Molly. Picture: OX64664 Jon Lewis Buy this photo » Melanie Magee, left, with her Cavalier King Charles spaniel Hazel, Sophie Lines, centre, from Medical Detection Dogs, with detection dogs Dan the Labrador and Hogan the cockerpoo, and Serena Courtney with cocker spaniel Molly. Picture: OX64664 Jon Lewis

BICESTER mayor Melanie Magee and her Cavalier spaniel, Hazel, joined dog-walkers at the launch of a new fun walk.

The event is scheduled for Good Friday and is a three-mile route around Bicester starting at Garth Park at 10am in aid of Medical Detection Dogs – a charity close to Mrs Magee’s heart.

The charity trains dogs to help people with life-threatening conditions.

Last year after suffering a diabetic hypoglycaemia, where blood sugar levels get dangerously low, the mayor was discovered by one of her spaniels. She said: “When I came round I was drowsy, but managed to get myself some lucozade.”

She has backed the charity since last May saying: “I just think it is amazing.

“The cancer detection work they do is very worthwhile.”

Mrs Magee launched the walk last Friday with Serena Courtney, 40, from Ambrosden.

Mrs Courtney’s 11-year-old son Steven has type 1 diabetes and their loving dog, Molly, helps him to monitor his blood sugar levels.

For information contact Julie Trinder at julie.trinder@ bicester.gov.uk

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