Save a life with the Lions

PUBLISHED: 12:32 16 November 2012

Seaton Lions (left to right) Ray Evans, Fred Paulley, president Neil Rutter, John Barrington-Rowell, Dennis Morgan and their mascot. Photo by Ian Barradale.

Seaton Lions (left to right) Ray Evans, Fred Paulley, president Neil Rutter, John Barrington-Rowell, Dennis Morgan and their mascot. Photo by Ian Barradale.

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Seaton club is keen to promote two of its vital medical initiatives

Seaton and DistrictLions Club has launched a new drive to remind Herald readers of two life-saving initiatives it supports.

The MedicAlert and Message in Bottle schemes both aim to save vital minutes in providing emergency help for people with known medical conditions.

Seaton Lion Dave Rickard said they wanted readers to be aware that dedicated officers are ready to help people avail themselves of these vital services.

He explained that MedicAlert was founded in the USA in 1956 and was brought here by UK Lions’ clubs in 1965. The charity provides emblems, in the form of bracelets and necklets, for people suffering from allergies or serious health problems to wear.

They contain details of the person’s medical condition, ensuring that, in an emergency, medical personnel provide the correct treatment.

One side of the emblem bears the internationally recognised symbol – the snake and staff and the words MedicAlert. The reverse is engraved with the wearer’s medical condition, individual membership number and MedicAlert’s 24-hour emergency phone number. It means their medical and personal details can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

MedicAlert’s annual fee is £25 and the cost of an emblem can be as little as £19.95, although more expensive ones are available

Further information about MedicAlert can be obtained from the president of Seaton Lions, Neil Rutter, on 01297 20861

The club also provides a similar service with its “Message in a Bottle” scheme.

People with health problems and are given a bottle in which they provide basic information about their medical condition along with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of two people who may be contacted in an emergency.

Each person also receives two labels which they are asked to display, one on the fridge door and the other on the front door. These are places where the emergency services personnel, who are aware of the system, expect to find them.

Anyone wishing to obtain further details about this scheme should contact Dennis Morgan on 01297 21136.

In addition to these schemes Seaton Lions also collect old spectacles for use in third world countries. Any that are reusable can be left in collection bins at doctors’ surgeries in Beer, Colyton and Seaton. Another collection point in Seaton is at Bennett and Rogers opticians, in Fore Street.

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