Message in a Bottle

Lions Clubs
Message in a Bottle

Lions Clubs Message in a Bottle is a simple but effective way for people to keep their basic personal and medical details where they can be found in an emergency on a standard form and in a common location – the fridge.

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More than 6 million Message in a Bottle kits have been distributed by Lions Clubs British Isles in recent years to people with conditions such as diabetes, allergies, disabilities and life-threatening illnesses.

Message in a Bottle kits are supplied by local clubs to members of the public, as well as to health centres, doctors’ surgeries and chemists.

Lions clubs may also work with organisations, such as neighbourhood watch, Age Concern and housing associations, to make bottles widely available.

These bottles are provided FREE of charge by  Lions clubs in their local communities thanks to generous donations from the public and businesses.

Quantities of bottles can be ordered by Lions clubs and other organisations using the Message in a Bottle order form. This should be downloaded, completed and sent to the Lions Club International British Isles head office at the address shown on the form.


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.

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 front door of the premises.

Paramedics, police, fire-fighters 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.

It is not just vulnerable people who benefit from Message in a Bottle. Anyone with health conditions could have an accident at home.

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

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