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  Health in the Community

Message in a Bottle   It has saved lives!!

The Message in a Bottle scheme is a simple idea designed to encourage vulnerable people, living on their own, to keep their basic personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location where they can be easily found in an Emergency, normally the fridge. The scheme, which has been running for some time now, is expanding across our area and most of Central Southern England is now covered. Lions throughout the UK are now taking this project up, so our target is to make this completely national.

Why the fridge? Most homes have a fridge, usually in the kitchen. It enables the Emergency Services to find the details quickly and easily, in a COMMON PLACE. In the event of fire, the contents of the fridge are protected longer.

There is NO COST to the user. All the costs of running the scheme are borne by the local Lions Clubs and their sponsors as part of Lions Caring for our Communities. Local Chemists, Health Centres and Doctor's surgeries should have Bottle Kits (bottle, form & stickers). Some Neighbourhood Watch & Age Concern groups will have supplies, and as the scheme expands, other agencies will have them.

Other useful information is recorded such as contact details for Next of Kin or friends to be notified in an emergency and even what provision is needed for any pet/s the participants may have. Participants are strongly encouraged to keep a copy of any repeat prescriptions in the bottle, as this will aid Paramedics and any hospital staff to ensure that the correct drugs are administered in the emergency.

If more than one person lives in the house, only one bottle is needed, but each member of the household should complete a separate form, which should have a passport type photo attached, to aid identification.

This is NOT designed to replace MEDIC ALERT. If the participant has a specific medical condition and routinely wears either a Medic Alert or the similar SOS Talisman bracelet or necklace, they should CONTINUE to wear it.

If you would like more information please email Webmaster@bridportlionsclub.org


Bridport Lions - Diabetic Screening

Next Screening Spring 2014 Date not confirmed yet

There are over 1 million diagnosed diabetics but these are the lucky ones — there are reckoned to be another 1 million diabetics who have not been detected and are therefore suffering the consequences without knowing — please do not be one of those — act today by attending at our next stand for diabetic screening. All you have to do is fill in a simple confidential form and then a qualified Nurse will take a small amount of blood from your finger for testing. This is a very easy and painless process and will only take a short time.

The Lions Eye Health Programme

Don’t lose sight of Diabetic eye disease

What is Diabetic Eye Disease & Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of their condition. The most common disease is diabetic retinopathy, damage to the blood vessels in the retina. The disease is a leading cause of blindness among people of working age in the world.

Who is at risk of Diabetic Retinopathy?

Anyone who has diabetes. The longer someone has diabetes, the more likely he or she will get diabetic retinopathy. Over half of all people with diabetes will develop some degree of this disease during their lifetime.

What Are Its Symptoms?

Often there are none in the early stages of the disease. Vision may not change until the disease becomes severe.  Nor is there any pain. That is why a regular eye examinations for people with diabetes is so important.

How can it be Detected?

Only by an eye care professional during an examination, so if you have diabetes, you should have your eyes examined year.



Have you any old spectacles or hearing aids?

On behalf of the Lions Club of Bridport I would like to thank all of the people who donated unwanted prescription glasses to our Speck-trek campaign this year.  We collected nearly 900 glasses  - a record for Bridport - and they are now on their way to being sorted and graded before reaching their final destination in eye care centres in Africa and Asia.  Donating used glasses is a very easy way for us to make an impact on the lives of people who do not have access to the eyecare we are used to in the Western World.  For many of the recipients it is clearer vision for possibly the first time in their lives.  During the next twelve months I would like to challenge the people of Bridport to donate over 1,000 pairs of specks.  This would be an amazing and worthwhile achievement.  You can take your unwanted spectacles now to Specsavers Opticians, Scrivens Opticians and I J Brown Opticians, as well as Bridport Primary School and Bridport CAB.  Thank you in advance.

All 66 Lions Clubs in our district collect spectacles and hearing aids from the public for re-cycling in third world countries. Once a year Petersfield Lions Club send vans around our district to collect from clubs

So if you have any please bring them along to one of our events if you click for our Calendar you can see when we are next out fundraising - CALENDAR

So what happens to the specs after collection from our clubs?  The Midhurst Lions have a regular sorting and packing session (weekly, I believe).   They go through the specs discarding the junk, breakages etc. Where gold is present in the frames, they arrange for its extraction to raise money for sight-related charities both at home and abroad. Midhurst also have a regular cases and sunglasses stall at the local community centre. The repacked specs are passed on to Chichester Lions.

Chichester Lions store the packages and arrange their shipment across the channel to Le Havre to the charity "Medico France". This charity, which was set up by Lions Clubs in France, then grades the specs and prepares them for the last leg of their journey to sight projects in Africa and Asia. There is a good relationship between Lions in France and Chichester and they visit several times a year to pick up sorted specs for delivery to Le Havre. Some are also taken free of charge by Fraser Freight, a haulage company based in Portsmouth. Although no grading takes place in Chichester, some of the rough sorted specs are sent to a prison just outside Durham where prisoners grade them with equipment donated to them and then these specs are sent to France in the normal way. For further details of the process, please log onto www.chilions.org.uk

Spectrek is an exhausting day which is itself the culmination of a year's work by Lions Clubs all over central southern England.  But when one looks at the outcome it is one of the most rewarding things we do.  In these days of green issues the Lions spectacle collection project is more than recycling; it is reuse of a costly asset.   We have collected over 2.2 million pairs of specs over the last 28 years; how much would they cost at today's prices? £50 million?  £100 million?  And, most important of all, the collection brings hope to many families in the developing world who have been blighted by loss of sight."