NRS Healthcare, the UK’s leading provider of community equipment, has worked with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Country Council’s to donate a range of their children’s mobility aids overseas, in order to help youngsters in some of the world’s poorest countries.
After reviewing the stock in their Cambridgeshire warehouse, staff at NRS Healthcare found a number of older items that were no longer used such as seating for disabled children who need postural support, children’s mobility aids and children’s standing frames for physiotherapy. These items were generously donated to PhysioNet, a charity which ships physiotherapy and mobility equipment to needy organisations in developing countries worldwide, with the intention of enabling children in these countries to benefit from the equipment and live more independently.
The equipment will be safety checked before being shipped and distributed.
Cllr Simon Bywater, chairman of the Children and Young People Committee, said:
“It is great we have this opportunity to donate this mobility equipment rather than it being scrapped. Not only are these unwanted items that have been sitting collecting dust in the warehouse going to a good home, they will also make such a difference to the lives of children with mobility issues in other countries.”
David Lacy, an occupational therapist for NRS Healthcare, said:
“Around 15 items are included in this initial shipment but we hope that this will be the start of an ongoing project. All the equipment is in fit, working order but is not currently being used.”
“In the developing countries that Physionet works with, this equipment is hard to come by and will bring significant benefits by helping children to take part in activities and join in with learning and playing. We have been very careful in selecting the equipment that has been donated to make sure that the items are useful, configurable and can function without electrical power.”