Mobility equipment volunteer group wins Queen’s Award

Image: PhysioNet, Facebook page

PhysioNet, a company that collects pre-owned physiotherapy and mobility equipment from care sites and provides disabled people in developing countries with vital equipment, has been selected as a recipient for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017.

The award recognises excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is considered by many as ‘the MBE for volunteer groups’.

“Our work was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, and represents a tremendous achievement for us. The award means our details are included in a special edition of The London Gazette and we will be presented with a signed certificate from Her Majesty The Queen by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire,” commented chairman David Kaye.

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He continued: “It also means, by using the QAVS logo, we can hopefully attract significant funding from the large charitable trusts to help us expand our operation. I am extremely proud of us receiving this award and thank all those volunteers who work quietly in the background to help us achieve so much, packing at the depot, travelling the length and breadth of Britain collecting equipment, loading containers and giving presentations to voluntary and support organisations.

“Thanks also to the Trustees, past and present, for guiding PhysioNet to where it is today, to our supporters for choosing us as a worthy cause for their donations and to healthcare professionals around the country who find time in their busy lives to make sure their redundant equipment comes to us and not the scrap man. Lastly, and by no means not least, thanks go to Peter Thompson whose persistence and perseverance has resulted in his concept achieving this great honour.”

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