The Chartwell Cancer Trust are working with Bromley Lions Club to promote the Lions Message In A Bottle. Message in a Bottle kits are FREE and supplied by local clubs to members of the public, as well as to health centres, doctors’ surgeries, chemists and other relevant local charities.

More than 6 million Message in a Bottle kits have been distributed by Lions Clubs in the British Isles in recent years to people with conditions such as diabetes, allergies, disabilities and life threatening illnesses. These bottles are provided FREE of charge by Lions clubs in their local communities thanks to generous donations from the public and businesses.

The Message in a Bottle kit includes a form, where personal and medical information is detailed. This is placed in the distinctive bottle which is stored in the fridge. Two stickers are provided: one for the fridge door and the other for inside of the main entrance to the premises Emergency services and social services support this Lions life saving initiative and know to look in the fridge when they see the Message in a Bottle stickers, supplied.

One of the first questions asked is why is the bottle put in the fridge. This was on advice from the Fire Service. In the event of a catastrophic house fire three places are likely to survive inside the oven, the washing machine or the fridge. With the first two the bottle needs to be removed when the appliance is in use with possibility that it will not be returned whereas it can sit in the door of the fridge until needed Message in a Bottle helps emergency services personnel to save valuable time in identifying an individual very quickly and knowing if they have any allergies or take special medication. And in medical emergencies Time Can Save Lives. Furthermore it is not just vulnerable people who benefit from Message in a Bottle. Anyone with health conditions could have an accident at home.

The form placed in the bottle has recently been updated taking into account advice from Dementia UK and the Search and Rescue Services. In this day and age most of their call outs are for people with dementia who have gone wandering off. The personal information gives them a starting point for places to start looking for the missing person.

This initiative provides peace of mind that prompt and appropriate medical assistance can be provided, and next of kin / emergency contacts can be notified.

Contact Bromley Lions Club on 020 8857 6624 for more information or to obtain your FREE Message in a Bottle.