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Stamford and District Lions Club to launch lifesaving scheme at family fun day

David Palmer, president of the Stamford Lions launching the Message in a Wallet scheme at Sheep Market Surgery at Stamford. He is pictured with Dr John Williams and staff from the surgery. EMN-140906-184115009

David Palmer, president of the Stamford Lions launching the Message in a Wallet scheme at Sheep Market Surgery at Stamford. He is pictured with Dr John Williams and staff from the surgery. EMN-140906-184115009

 

A charitable group will be launching a lifesaving scheme during a family fun day.

The Stamford and District Lions Club will be launching the Message in a Wallet Scheme during their family fun day, which will be on the Recreation Ground today (Sunday) as part of Stamford Festival.

The scheme is designed to help people with a medical condition by providing vital information in case of an emergency.

The credit-card sized folder is inserted in a plastic wallet to be tucked away in a purse or wallet.

The folder carries details including doctor’s name and telephone number, medical conditions and blood group, medication and allergies, illnesses and details of an emerency contact or next of kin.

It follows on from the Lions Message in a Bottle scheme, which encouraged people to keep their medical details in a bottle in the fridge.

Ian Hall from the Lions club said: “Our message in a wallet scheme is a potential lifesaver to those that carry it, as it can and has saved lives.

“Just fill in the form and put it in your wallet. Make sure you have it with you all the time, just in case. The emergency services will then have access to it to be sure you receive the right treatment.

“We really do need to let people know about it.”

Members of the Lions will be handing out the wallets during the fun day and people can take as many as they like for family and friends.

The club has also joined forces with staff at the Sheepmarket Surgery in Ryhall Road, Stamford, where the wallets are free to collect.

During the fun day, the Lions will also be collecting unwanted spectacles.

Any spectacles donated will be sorted and sent to third world countries to help thousands of people with sight issues, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access eyesight care.

The Lions organise the family fun day, which runs from 10am until 4pm, and includes activities and stalls.

 

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