Web site sponsored by Kesgrave Aggregates and Dan’s Meadow Caravan Park

Supplying Local and National Communities

Emergency Services and Neighbourhood Watch since 2001

Tel 01394 386751 email enquiries@datalinksuffolk.com

Data Link (Also originally known as Message in a Bottle)

A Brief History as to the origins of Data Link

DATA LINK originated in Australia and Canada. Bottles were put in the fridge as it was the one item you could almost guarantee would be in every house, and the contents were the last thing to burn in a fire. The idea was presented to the Emergency Services in Sussex to establish their thoughts in 1999 and they decided to go ahead and use 35mm film canisters. The scheme was launched March 2000 in Littlehampton.

July 2001: With a view to establishing Data Link in Suffolk we contacted the Essex Fire and Ambulance services to gauge interest.

July 23rd 2001: arranged presentation for Police, Ambulance, Fire, Suffolk Carers, Ipswich Borough Council etc.

August 2001: Found out a pilot scheme was ready to be launched in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill initiated by Helen Lindfield (Community Watch Liaison Clerk) in Bury and Eric Bratt a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator in Haverhill.

Both schemes were launched in September 2001.

The schemes in Bury and Haverhill being a great success we decided to look at the situation with more urgency. A presentation was arranged for the emergency services, Local Councils, Carers, etc on July 30th 2002 almost to the day of the first presentation. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then.

Data Link in Ipswich

It is our aim to encourage every house-hold in Ipswich to purchase a Data Link bottle, ensuring that every member of the family whether young or elderly has data inside the pot, illness and accidents have no age limit. It is important however that when inserts are placed in the bottle, they should be accompanied by an up to date passport photograph, so the emergency services know which member of the family they are trying to treat. It was agreed that if the project was going to be successful we needed to find a distinct container that could not be mistaken.

A bespoke container was purchased and a large number of them have now been distributed throughout Suffolk and the UK

Data Link became a community project with bottles being assembled and packed by the Kids Who Care Group from Needham Market during their school holidays in preparation for the Ipswich Launch at Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre, Ipswich, in September 2002. In return we donated a sum to their club to enable them to develop and they were presented with an award by the Chief Constable of the Suffolk Constabulary


Inmates from Hollesley Bay helped prepare the bottles for a launch in Felixstowe

It is hoped that circulation of the units within the community, to the points of most need, will be assisted by such as GP Surgeries, Pharmacists, Dental Surgeries, Police Stations, Health Visitors, WRVS 'Meals on Wheels', clinics, Community Nurses, Help The Aged and Age Concern.

Data Link bottles can be purchased in Ipswich from branches of the Ipswich Building Society, Britannia Building Society, amongst others. Why not get your Neighbourhood Watch scheme to contact the Community Watch & SNT Liaison Officer, Anthea Pipe at Eastern Area Headquarters, Ipswich Police Station, Civic Drive to purchase bottles for the scheme making sure that all your neighbours have peace of mind knowing that should the emergency services need to be called, and they are unable to speak or are unconscious Data Link will be available to supply life saving information. Anthea can be contacted on Tel: 01473 383142 or email anthea.pipe@suffolk.pnn.police.uk Please note that Anthea is only part-time and usually office based on Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays between 9:30 am and 4 pm.

Any donations collected go directly to purchasing more stock. This ensures continuity of supply, dispensing with the need to go back to sponsors, to whom we are extremely grateful, which enabled us to start up the scheme.

April 2005) All Distribution and Sales transferred to BandA Enterprises

Data Link is promoted in Salvation Army magazine, Suffolk Coastal District Councils coastline and promoted by the East Anglia Emergency Services

(February 2011).

We are continuing to receive enquiries for Data Link and have been supplying locally and Nationwide. Data Link continues to be supported by Neighbourhood Watch with many watches purchasing bottles through the local Community Watch & SNT Liaison Officers at local Police Stations. National and Local Authorities and Emergency Services give continued support

along with many Care Homes and some doctors surgeries, who can see the benefit of being involved with Data Link. Following the cesation of our original web site sponsor we are pleased to announce that we are now receiving sponsorship from Kesgrave Aggregates for this web site. Following the initial sponsorship where bottles were given free to some vulnerable members of the community, a donation of 50p or more was requested to ensure the continuity of supply we feel this is a more responsible way forward. Put into context this is less than half the price of a newspaper and could save a persons life, IT COULD BE YOURS

(January 2017)

( Where are we now ? )Data Link continues to be supported not only by the local councils and emergency services but also through care services and other agencies throughout Gt Britain and we have currently distributed over 75,000 Data Link kits. We are constantly getting requests to use the information or pictures from our web site from other agencies and Neighbourhood Watch Schemes. We have designed a number of A4 posters to help promote the benefits of Data Link and can email these on request. A number of clients have asked if it is possible to have sponsors names, and different details printed on the inserts.To enable you to do this we now email a copy which has been designed on word and can be changed to suit your own purpose and printed as required. We are still looking at the feasibility of having inserts and posters that can be down loaded from the web page.                                                                      

We now have stocks of the bottles and labels for immediate delivery and are currently doing mail shots to Doctors Surgeries, Local Authorities and Care Homes.