A free lunch provided by Rye and District Lions was enjoyed by 97 senior citizens on Sunday. The seniors were collected by Rye Community buses and Lions’ cars and were greeted at the Community Centre with a welcoming drink before sitting down to full Sunday roast lunch with wine, then pudding and coffee and mints.
Rye Players then entertained them with their version of “I’ll Do Anything”, that was songs from popular musicals. Prior to this Malcolm McDonough, the Lion responsible for the scheme, told them about the Lions “Message in a Bottle” Scheme. This is a simple system where vital information about a person, such as medication, and particularly the elderly or vulnerable, is entered on a form and placed in a plastic bottle in their fridge door. A sticker is placed on the fridge door and also on the inside of the front door. The emergency services are aware and also welcome the scheme and know how to find the information, possibly saving vital minutes in getting a patient to hospital or applying emergency treatment.
This scheme has proved to be very popular in Rye and nearby villages and bottles are available free at Boots in Rye High Street. At the lunch 55 of the seniors took a bottle home. Following this, prizes were distributes in a free draw. Rye Lions would like to thank Rye Players for the entertainment, Pat and her colleagues from the Community bus and Chris Emson for cooking the lunch and also their wives and partners who were really in charge and did the majority of the work.
“Rye’s Own” May 2008
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