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Lifeline is a monthly charity appeal programme presented by a well-known personality.
Kate Humble presents an appeal on behalf of the charity Medical Detection Dogs, which has identified in dogs an incredible ability to sniff out human health conditions, including cancer. Archie is eight and has severe diabetes. Since he was born, his blood sugar levels have fluctuated without warning, leaving his parents exhausted from constant monitoring and terrified he might not survive the night. But thanks to Medical Detection Dogs, they now have a dog trained to alert them to changes in Archie's breath that show he needs his blood sugar levels checked. Domino has given Archie the chance to feel like a normal little boy. Kate also watches in amazement as a labrador called Kiwi correctly picks out urine samples positive for prostate cancer. If it is successful, research by Medical Detection Dogs could help experts to develop a cheap, non-invasive test for prostate cancer that could revolutionise the science of diagnosis.
Brenda Blethyn presents an appeal on behalf of the Prince's Trust, a charity that gives vulnerable young people the skills and confidence they need to find work or make progress at school or college.
Laura's life took a horrific turn when she was attacked at the age of sixteen, but rather than report the abuse, she turned in on herself and developed an eating disorder. She spent months in hospital recovering physically, but it was only thanks to the inspirational programmes run by the Prince's Trust that she managed to rebuild her confidence and sense of purpose. She has now signed up to a college course in mental health care and is about to move out of supported housing to live independently.
Julia Somerville presents an appeal on behalf of brainstrust, a charity that supports adults and children with brain tumours. To help relieve the stress of such a frightening diagnosis, brainstrust offers 24-hour support and much-needed information. For six-year-old Phoebe and her family, brainstrust has provided emotional and practical support since Phoebe was diagnosed with a malignant tumour. Julia is all too familiar with this cause, as she had a benign brain tumour removed some years ago.
Anita Rani presents an appeal on behalf of ECPAT UK, a charity that campaigns against child trafficking, and helps children who have been trafficked to recover from their traumatic experiences.
Nearly a thousand children are known to be trafficked into Britain every year. Some are forced into cannabis cultivation, sexual exploitation or made to work as domestic slaves. Anita hears the distressing stories of Lisa and Sophie, who were both young girls when they were forced into domestic servitude in the UK.
With the help of ECPAT's group sessions, they and other young people are rebuilding their lives and making big plans for the future.
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