(Please note that we are very happy to collect equipment but we need a minimum of 10 items please per trip)
Peter Thompson, an Agricultural Consultant with a long career in developing countries and Eastern Europe, visited the Bjelave Children’s Home in Sarajevo in 2004. The charity Hope and Homes for Children (HHC) supported the institution and they asked Peter for various items of paediatric physiotherapy equipment which could not be obtained in Bosnia.
In 2005 and 2006 equipment was collected from NHS Joint Equipment Stores and special needs schools as far afield as Inverness, Lampeter and Southend-on-Sea as well as many points in between. In the summer of 2005 a van loaded with equipment was delivered to Sarajevo, whilst the British Army delivered the rest of the much needed consignment to the Bjelave Children’s Home and two state institutions.
In addition to aiding HHC, in 2008 we sent 35 cubic metres of equipment to the charity Voluntas which works in Belarus and other central and eastern European countries. At this stage it became obvious that more surplus equipment was available than a single organisation could absorb; at this point ‘PhysioNet’ was born.
Collections continued in 2009 and a 40 ft shipping container packed with a wide range of special needs equipment and some wheelchairs was sent to South Africa.