Save a life with the Lions

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.

© 2012

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.


Other News Stories

Mary Bolshaw, chairman of Honiton Hospiscare Support Group, with Joyce Yates, Janet Tierney and Julie Courtney who won at a recent cake bake off competition. Ref mhh 0963-41-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Organisers of the event say they had hoped for a bigger turnout on the day, but were still pleased to have raised £200.

Read more
Chairman of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce, Colin Wright.

The group is hoping to raise in the region of £1,400 by the beginning of next month.

Read more
Anne celebrated her birthday in style.

A Honiton woman who possesses a rich vein of farming history has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Read more
This group haved just signed in and are ready for the Jolly Good Jaunt on Sunday.  Ref mhh 2841-41-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Hundreds of walkers took part in Hospiscare’s A Jolly Good Jaunt at the weekend - and are already halfway to raising the £20,000 target for Kings House Day Hospice, in Honiton.

Read more
Doug and Joy Hull with school head pupils at the Paddington Bear lunch   Picture CHRIS CARSON

Axminster Primary Academy stages a Paddington Lunch

Read more
Yesterday, 14:38
AA Awards

Recognition from industry’s ‘Oscars’ helps put county on the map

Read more
Yesterday, 11:59
Axminster fire engine

Firefighters called to the scene as a car leaves the road and ends up in a field

Read more
Yesterday, 10:09
Exeter's Fanzone, in Northenhay Gardens

Sports fans can still enjoy watching the rest of the Rugby World Cup at Exeter’s Fanzone, despite England’s early exit from the tournament.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:59
Fossil hunter Mary Anning

Mary Anning Wing project given major cash boost

Read more
Mon, 15:24
Award winners  (l to r) Phil Ball, Rob Crabbe, Neville Causley and Pete Cable. 
n	Picture:Richard Horobin

Seventy-five years of service to the RNLI by past and present crew is recognised

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Find a job in Devon

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

Find planning applications