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Name: Lion John Sutherland
MD title: MedicAlert Officer


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Lions Clubs International (MD105) British Isles is working in partnership with MedicAlert and has been for 55 years.

MedicAlert’s Early Start Programme offers free membership for vulnerable children every year up until their 10th birthday.

Membership provides each child with a personal electronic record that securely stores their information including comprehensive medical history, directives, or precautions to ensure fast and accurate first care decisions in an emergency.  This full record is only a phone call away via the 24/7 emergency phone line. 

Each child also receives their first item of MedicAlert jewellery free of charge. The item of jewellery is engraved with their most critical medical information, MedicAlert’s emergency phone line, and their unique membership number.  This enables paramedics and first responders access to the child’s electronic record without delay.

Celebrating the 55 year partnership, MedicAlert is matching for every two children funded by Lions Clubs, an additional child funded from the charity’s own funds, up until December 2020.

The cost of sponsoring a child on the Early Start Programme is £300.

Please send your donation to your district treasurer or direct to The MedicAlert Foundation, Suite 1, Liscombe South, Liscombe Park, Soulbury, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0JL.

For every donation given – a letter of thanks, together with information regarding children supported in your area, will be received by the local Lions club.

As we move out of the COVID-19 virus, children with underlying medical conditions will start back at school.  A MedicAlert membership can give peace of mind to parents and carers providing early identification of potential treatment risks to medical personnel. 

Case Study

Joshua Mountford is six years old and suffers from several conditions including eczema, asthma, hay fever, and was recently diagnosed with a severe nut allergy.

Joshua became a MedicAlert member through the Early Start Programme when he was three years old.  He was offered free annual membership up to his 10th birthday and his first MedicAlert bracelet was given to him.

His membership and ID bracelet helps to give his family peace of mind so that in an emergency situation, Joshua’s details can be accessed quickly, as every second counts.

Kate, Joshua’s mum, discovered the Early Start Programme through her work as a Community First Responder. She shares Joshua’s story to highlight how valuable MedicAlert can be.

“Both Joshua’s dad and I are Community First Responders within our local area. The Early Start programme came to our attention when we organised and attended an awareness meeting arranged by a local Lion, David of Thirsk Lions Club; one of the speakers was John Sutherland, the Lions MedicAlert Coordinator.

We were already aware of medical ID jewellery and the protection it provides to the wearer; however, we hadn’t yet come across anything we thought would be suitable for Joshua. After the meeting with John, we looked further into the Early Start scheme and realised we had found the perfect thing to keep Joshua safe. We registered straight away and Joshua became a member.

We try our best to ensure Joshua isn’t affected by the precautions we take due to his allergy. When we ask, he says his allergy doesn’t make him feel different to anyone else, which I am thankful for. Now he has his MedicAlert membership and ID jewellery, I have peace of mind and know it’s a lifeline for him, should the worst happen.”


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