Towan Blystra joined other Lions Clubs from across Cornwall to once again provided an invaluable service at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show, giving those attending the chance to have a simple test to see if they may be at increased risk of diabetes.
Despite Storm Megwell atrocious weather qualified nurses and paramedics gave their expertise free of any charge to assist the Lions in testing the blood/sugar levels of almost 1,300 individuals – a procedure that takes just a couple of minutes. As a result, over 80 people were advised to consider arranging a check-up with their GP to see whether they would be advised to receive any further medical attention.
Organiser, Lion Barry Merrifield, of St Austell Lions Club said: “It was interesting to note that several people who took the opportunity to be tested had been having thoughts about seeing their GPs anyway but hadn’t got around to making an appointment. If the chance for them to have a quick check like the one we provide at the Royal Cornwall Show has resulted in an earlier diagnosis of a potential problem then that’s exactly what we always hope to be the case.
Former District Governor, Lion Lesley Clarke of Truro Lions said: “Lions Club International have the strategic objective of reducing the prevalence or diabetes and improving the quality of life for those diagnosed. In Cornwall, we have been providing this service at the Royal Cornwall Show for over 30 years and it is encouraging to see the large number of people who think it’s worthwhile to do this routine check which can, sometimes, provide them with information they hadn’t expected.”
The three-day event is supported by Lloyds Pharmacy who provide the Lions with all the medical equipment free of charge. In addition, local businesses, including FAC Group Financial Services, Hawksmoor Investment Management and PJ Print of Newquay sponsor other associated costs.
“This means, with all the Lions and their medical colleagues providing their time voluntarily, the initiative can operate for nine hours each day and continue to be something which we can continue to put on each year,” said Lion Barry.
“We were also incredibly pleased to note that a ‘tweet’ of our activities by Radio Newquay resulted in a supportive message of “Thank you, Lions! Great job.” from Lions Clubs International, @lionsclubs, which just goes to show how far away our efforts have been appreciated”
There are 19 Lions Clubs across Cornwall and all are made up of community-minded men and women prepared to give a few hours each month to support others. Clubs all welcome new members, of whatever age from 18 upwards, and further information about joining a club can be found at
Johnny Cowling of Pirate FM has a test administered by paramedic Martin Bunt as Pirate presenter, Holly Day, looks on.