Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- An Evening with the Local Lions Club

Yesterday was a lovely warm day that made you think summer really is here.

We had a busy day getting the spring cleaning out of the way. Ray didn’t have such a great time with the man that came to sort the tap out in the M/Home but hopefully that will be resolved today.

So we got ready and went to All Saints Church in Whitstable.

I had been invited along to a meeting of the Local Lions Club and do a small speech on the money they gave me for Mesothelioma Uk back in November.

I just didn’t know what to expect when we pulled up in the car park.


Lions are all over the world but we have a great club here in  Whitstable and Herne Bay helping the local community.

We were early as usual and I opened the door to lovely smiles and friendly welcomes.

The hall filled up and at 7.30pm the meeting started. well Im amazed at the wonderful work these people do.

I have been to fetes and seen them with their buckets out side the Supermarkets also I went to the fashion show where they presented me with a cheque for £1,000 for Mesothelioma UK. I never realised they raised funds all the time and supported any crisis abroad or at home. They have been supporting the Nepal earthquake I was really impressed.

Whitstable & Herne Bay Lions Club was chartered in 1971. It is one of the 941 Lions Clubs in the British Isles and Ireland and is part of the worldwide family of Lions Clubs International. Club members raise money in the Whitstable and Herne Bay area to support those in need and to play their part in the worldwide activities of the organisation.

We raise between £25,000 and £28,000 every year and then spend it through the Whitstable Lions Club Charitable Trust.

Members come from all walks of life and all ages.

Non profit making I might add.

The evening was full of people getting up and thanking the members for the money received and telling us what they achieved. From a nursery needing grass for the children to play on to The Blood Runners

KSSAA began carrying “Golden Hour” blood up to the end of June 2014 they have carried out 107 blood transfusions at the scene or prior to the casualty reaching hospital, 43 of those being this year.

In June the Redhill and Marden aircraft crews each carried out 5 transfusions meaning that as well as the regular daily restock runs, volunteers would have carried out 10 ad-hoc re-supply runs.

In April 1981 in Surrey, Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers was set up to supply a quick and reliable means of transporting emergency blood products to the hospitals and medical facilities at night.

Prior to SERV the only means available to hospitals, doctors and other medical establishments for the transport of emergency blood supplies at night were the following:

  • Taxi
  • Ambulance
  • Police
  • Courier
  • Transfusion service vehicle

Each of these options had good and bad points:

  • Taxis: The advantage of these was that there were plenty of them. The disadvantage was reliability and cost. The cost to hospitals would range from £30 – £60 or more depending on location. The hospital also had to wait for one to be available and it was not guaranteed how long it would take to deliver.
  • Ambulance: Fast and able to respond quickly. The disadvantage was it removed a much-needed emergency vehicle from service during the transport time.
  • Police: Fast and able to respond quickly. The disadvantage was it removed a much-needed emergency vehicle from service during the transport time.
  • Courier: Limited availability during the night. High cost for service
  • Transfusion Service: Provide regular day-time scheduled hospital deliveries, and Ad-Hoc deliveries to hospitals on special request.

SERV supplies this service free of any charge thus freeing up much-needed funds for improved patient care and other needed facilities within the hospital.

There was a the lip reading club for the deaf which Ray has now joined. It only runs in the winter so he has that to look forward to. Its surprising that just because he has hearing aides there are times when back ground noise makes hearing difficult and he already can lip read but not that good.

There was the St Johns Ambulance who spent their gift on essential equipment, the list is endless.


I did my little speech and started by thanking them for the £1,000 which Mesothelioma UK received.

The Secretary Yvonne Medlan had introduced me by saying how her son in law was diagnosed with Mesothelioma and she saw me on Telly and was surprised I came from Seasalter. Sadly her son in law died and she nominated me to the Lions. I said I know mine was a National Charity but from the publicity I was contacted by local people and I have helped them to find trials.

Yvonne Medlen




Yvonne presented a cup in her husbands name for young people who achieve and this went to a lovely young girl who at 14 is the carer of her mother who is suffering with MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK.

Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too.

Roughly three times as many women have MS as men.


We clapped the Lion as for all the work they have achieved for the year and The evening was soon over and we said our goodbyes, so pleased we had been invited.


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