Here are some examples the types of projects that Kendal & District Lions Club have been involved in:
Young Leaders in Service
A project aimed at young people (aged between 11 and 18) where they pledge time to providing a community service, either through schools and organisations or their own means.
100 hours = gold award
50 hours = a silver award
The Young Leaders can gain a certificate, badge and a letter from the President of Lions Clubs International, recognising the work that has been done.
Hospital Garden Project
In 2014, to celebrate our 40 years as a Lions Club we decided to revamp the garden next to the Dunmail day unit at Westmorland General Hospital, Kendal. The idea was to provide an attractive and comfortable outdoor space for patients and off duty staff to enjoy. It includes a herb garden, seating area and colourful flowerbeds. Club members undertake maintenance themselves to keep the garden an asset to the hospital.
Message in a Bottle
Kendal & District Lions Club started the Message in a Bottle scheme in 1999 as its Millennium Project. Initially 2,000 bottles, sponsored by The Westmorland Gazette were distributed to vulnerable people with medical conditions in the South Lakeland area.
Within 5 years many of the other Lions Clubs in the North West of England had adopted the scheme and to date over 85% of all Lions Clubs in the UK also run the scheme.
Briefly the scheme, which is known to the emergency services works like this:
A form containing personal details including medical conditions, medication, allergies, people to contact in an emergency, etc is placed in a plastic bottle labelled with a green cross and placed in the fridge. Two small stickers, unique to the scheme and known to the emergency services are kept in the house, one on the fridge door and the other inside the front door.
In the event of a medical emergency vital, possibly life saving information contained in the bottle allows the emergency services to act effectively and without delay. There is no doubt in our minds that this scheme, since its inception, has saved lives.
Bottles can be obtained free from a variety of sources including the Kendal & District Lions Club Charity Bookshop in the Westmorland Shopping Centre. Collect one for yourself or on behalf of someone else. The elderly, those living alone, in fact anyone with a medical condition would benefit from having a Message in a Bottle in their fridge.