Get your message in a bottle from Bo’ness based group

A Bo’ness-based charitable community group has purchased 100 ‘message in a bottles’ to help the most vulnerable locals during the coronavirus outbreak.

Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 7:42 am
Forth Valley Lions Branch club, based in Bo'ness, has purchased 100 message in a bottles to pass onto local vurnerable people.

The Forth Valley Lions branch club was established in 2018 and meets at Bridgeness Miner’s Club on Harbour Road.

Although the club is currently closed due to the outbreak, it has spent £55 to purchase the bottles, which keep a person’s personal and medical details inside, so the emergency services can obtain potentially life-saving information in seconds when called to a home to provide assistance. The bottles come with two stickers for the front or back door and another for the front of the fridge, highlighting a bottle in the fridge.

Forth Valley Lions president Joan Lamazon said: “They are vital, because if someone is living by themselves emergency services have to go in blind. But they are aware of this message in a bottle. One sign goes onto your door so they will see it.

“They will head straight to your fridge and if they can’t get hold of any family or friends at that point they can get all your details in the bottle. It makes their job easier.

“The message in a bottle plays a very important role.”

Joan has already allocated 50 bottles to the Bo’ness and Blackness Community Response Covid-19 Group.

Speaking about how and why she got the bottles, Joan said: “I myself am in the high risk group as I have diabetes and underlying heart problems. So I was thinking, ‘how can I help the community?’

“I thought about all the vulnerable people out there in our community living by themselves. So I thought I could try to get these message in a bottles to hand out.

“I sent down to the Lions HQ in Birmingham. We had £40 in our funds so I got these bottles, I had to pay a bit extra but that was no problem. And the 100 bottles were delivered to me last week.

“I’m giving this free to all those locals that are vulnerable. I immediately dropped one at the door of a an elderly lady who is vulnerable.”

Joan is proud of the Forth Valley Lions: “I’m so passionate about this organisation and hope it grows in Bo’ness.

“Being a retired nurse it’s in my genes to help others. I just want to do what I can during this terrible time. Since this outbreak we have received a lot of emails from people wanting to join our group, which is good to see.”

To order a free Lions Message in a Bottle call 0345 833 9502 or email [email protected]