MedicAlert – Offer to December 2020
|Name:||Lion John Sutherland|
|MD title:||MedicAlert Officer|
Lions Clubs International (MD105) British Isles has worked in partnership with MedicAlert for over 50 years.
For children with underlying medical conditions who are at school under COVID-19 regulations, membership of the MedicAlert Early Start Programme can give peace of mind to parents and carers by providing early identification of potential treatment risks to medical personnel.
The cost of sponsoring a child on the Early Start Programme is £300. This covers free annual membership for a vulnerable child up until their 10th birthday.
Membership provides each child with a personal electronic record that stores securely information including their comprehensive medical history, directives, or precautions. This allows for fast and accurate first care decisions in an emergency, as the full record can be accessed via a 24/7 emergency phone line.
Each child also receives their first item of MedicAlert jewellery free of charge. This is engraved with their most critical medical information, MedicAlert’s emergency phone line, and their unique membership number. As a result, paramedics and first responders can access the child’s electronic record without delay.
Offer celebrating the 55 year partnership.
Until December 2020, MedicAlert is match funding an additional child for every two children funded by Lions Clubs.
Donations should be sent to the district treasurer or direct to The MedicAlert Foundation, Suite 1, Liscombe South, Liscombe Park, Soulbury, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0JL.
For every donation, the club will receive a letter of thanks, together with information regarding children supported in its area.
Joshua Mountford 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.
Joshua’s mother, Kate, explains how MedicAlert membership helps give the family peace of mind, knowing that in an emergency situation, thanks to the ID bracelet, Joshua’s details can be accessed quickly.
“Joshua’s dad and I are Community First Responders within our local area. We learned about the Early Start programme through an awareness meeting arranged by Thirsk Lions.
“We were already aware of medical ID jewellery but hadn’t yet come across anything we thought would be suitable for Joshua. After the meeting, 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. His MedicAlert membership and ID jewellery, offers a lifeline for him, should the worst happen.”