Community Service

Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle is a nationwide scheme organised by Lions Clubs throughout the country, aimed mainly at people who may be housebound.

Small plastic containers are distributed for free through doctor’s surgeries and pharmacies.  The user completes a form with their medical details and contact names and phone numbers, places the form in the container, then puts the container in their fridge.  There is a sticker for the front door so if emergency services are called they know the information is in the fridge.

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Message in a Wallet

Message in a Wallet is a scheme organised by a number of Lions Clubs, including Wokingham Lions.  It is an extension of Message in a Bottle that can be used be everyone.

Envelopes containing a form, a plastic pouch and a sticker are distributed for free through doctor’s surgeries, pharmacies and other public places.  The user completes a form with their medical details and contact names and phone numbers, places the form in the pouch, then stores the pouch with their credit cards, typically in their wallet or purse.  The sticker can be attached in a prominent place within the wallet or purse.  If they are rendered unconscious (say in a car accident) the emergency services will search for identification and can use the information provided to locate their next of kin.

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Can Can

Every December Wokingham Lions set up stalls outside local supermarkets and ask shoppers to make additional purchases to donate to us.  We package these into food parcels which we then distribute to elderly and needy people.  Last year we made over 400 parcels, which helped bring cheer to many people’s Christmas!

Lions collecting cans for Can Can appeal outside Tesco Wokingham

Lions collecting for the Can Can appeal outside Tesco Wokingham



Spectrek is a Lion’s project which collects unwanted spectacles and recycles them for re-distribution to people who would not otherwise have access to spectacles, Lions Clubs in the UK and from other European countries including France, Germany, Greece, Spain and Switzerland participate in this project.

Every year Wokingham Lions collect over 2000 spectacles from local opticians and doctor’s surgeries.  We sort and box them and make an annual deliver to Chichester Lions Club, who coordinate collections from Lions clubs throughout the UK.  Chichester Lions Club then forward them to Medico France in Le Havre, who have the necessary equipment to clean and grade the spectacles ready for use in eye camps in Africa, India and Eastern Europe.  Collectively the UK Lions clubs send over 300,000 spectacles to developing countries.

You can donate your unwanted spectacles at any of the following locations:

  • Wokingham Medical Centre
  • Wokingham Library
  • Wokingham Hospital (Enquiry Desk)
  • Wokingham Town Hall Information Centre
  • Boots Opticians
  • Finchampstead Surgery.

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Nick Halford showing a typical collection