Children with mobility difficulties in some of the world’s poorest countries are set to benefit from a generous donation of equipment from Cambridgeshire.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Community Equipment Service, which is run by an Independent Sector Provider, NRS Healthcare, is donating some of its specialist children’s mobility equipment to youngsters in developing countries.
The equipment service found there were 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 after carrying out a review of the warehouse.
These items were donated to Physionet last week, a charity that provides physiotherapy and mobility equipment for the disabled in developing countries. The equipment will then be safety checked before it is passed on to children in developing countries.
Last year, Physionet sent 20 shipments to 10 countries including Fiji. Sri Lanka, a number of Eastern European and African states and Syria.
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.
He added: “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.”