How’s your lockdown been? Lots of walking?

If so, our 2021 Metro.co.uk Lifeline campaign is the perfect way to put all those steps to good use – and this year we’ve even got something for your four-legged walking companions, if you want to bring them along.

Hot on the heels of last year’s campaign success which saw us raise over £60,000 for The Hygiene Bank, this year we are supporting an amazing charity, whose work is also all the more vital due to the coronavirus crisis.

Called Medical Detection Dogs (MDD), they train dogs to sniff out the odour of human disease – such as cancer, Parkinson’s and even coronavirus – which can then lead to a quicker, often life-saving, diagnosis.  

Not only that, MDD also train Medical Alert Assistance Dogs, who go on to live with people who have life-threatening conditions such as Type 1 diabetes and severe allergies, so they’re always around to let them know any time their health may be in jeopardy. 

It’s fair to say that at a time when the NHS is at breaking point, these dogs are more vital than ever.

That’s why we decided to support MDD as our Metro.co.uk Lifeline charity for 2021 and raise much-needed funds so they can keep on doing their amazing work.

And that’s where you come in!


This year our challenge is called Woof and Walk for MDD and we will be organising another sponsored 42km marathon distance hike – but we’ll also be offering something a little bit different in support of the stars of the charity: a shorter fundraising walk of 10km for those who would like to bring their dog along. 

On top of that, there’s also the option to take on our 10k route as a family, with kids under 16 not required to pay any registration fee.

Already signed up to join our 10k Woof and Walk for MDD are singer Alexandra Burke, TV’s Dr Christian Jessen, reality star Pete Wicks and presenter Debbie Flint. 

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