This is a project run by the six clubs in the local area including Heywood Lions Club. The Lions Clubs keep the local ambulance stations stocked with specially made “Teddy Bears” [Comfort Bears]. These bears are know as “Para-Teds”. If an ambulance is called to attend to an injured child they usually have problems treating the child’s injuries due to the child being traumatised. The paramedics will “involve” the Para-Ted in any treatment that the child needs. This enables the paramedics to carry on with the required treatment. Once the child is transferred to hospital the “Para-Ted” is given to them to keep. As a group of local Lions clubs we fund the purchase of the “Para-Teds” and supply them free to our local ambulance stations.


Message in a Bottle is not solely a Lions initiative, however it is an initiative that very many Lions Clubs across the country have taken to and recognise as a means of fulfilling our motto “We Serve”, often funding the scheme from their own charity accounts.

The Lions Message In a Bottle scheme is a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location - the Fridge. Whilst it is focused on the more vulnerable people in our community, anyone can have an accident at home, so this scheme can benefit anyone, including you.

Bottles, which are free of charge, can usually be found in your local Chemist or Doctors Surgeries. Thanks to a number of other organisations, you may also find that you can obtain one through your nearest Neighbourhood Watch group, Age Concern, Council Offices, Housing Associations and many other places including Police stations.

The containers shown are sponsored by Heywood Lions Club and PROVIDED FREE to anyone needing one.


This is a project where spectacles no longer required are collected and sent out to developing nations and are used to enable the local people with sight problems to be able to see properly and continue supporting their families. Used spectacles are sent to a collection point in the UK, where they are cleaned and graded to work out the lens prescription.

All you need to do is take any spectacles you no longer need to one of our collection points and put them in the designated box. Heywood Lions has so far collected and shipped in excess of 4000 pairs.

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