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Scouts help spread the Lions life-saver message

Ryedale Lions club and local scouts have teamed up to help more people be prepared for sudden illness or accident at home.

The Lions are distributing supplies of a potentially life-saving Message in a Bottle free of charge to help protect people who live alone or may be at risk in the event of a medical emergency at home.

Boys and girls from The 1st Vale of Pickering Scout Group and Akela Lynne Bowman lent their support by helping to pack the information leaflets which fit inside each small plastic container, ready for distribution.

The small plastic bottles, kept handily in the home fridge, provide a unique way for vulnerable people to store vital personal information about their health, regular medicines, and emergency contacts.

North Yorkshire police and fire crews joined the scouts to welcome the initiative.  “When somebody living alone has an accident or sudden illness they may not be able to communicate.  The Message in a Bottle can save us valuable minutes and hours in providing the right life-saving help and alerting other family members,” said Stuart Moss, Pickering fire station watch manager.

More than six million bottles have now been donated by Lions clubs across the UK and Ryedale Lions has distributed 6,000 through GP and dentist surgeries and other local outlets.

“Everybody thinks it won’t happen to them, but we know it can.  Every bottle we distribute is potentially a life saved,” said Lions Club organiser, Roy Foggin.

Anyone interested in obtaining a free Lions Message in a Bottle should contact their local GP surgery, dentist or pharmacy.

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