Warrington Disability Partnership’s initiative to recycle old mobility equipment, including wheelchairs and walking aids and send them abroad, has sent off its largest shipment to date.
The group sent hundreds of thousands of pounds of equipment to a hospital in Egypt as part of its Phoenix Project, which also sends equipment to countries including Syria and Thailand.
The project was set up last year and its 10th and largest shipment, which took place at the end of May saw equipment with a ‘bought-new value’ of around £350,000.
Dave Thompson, co-founder and chief executive of Warrington Disability Partnership, told the Warrington Guardian: “This is going to make a huge difference.
“In the UK, we take it for granted that everybody who needs a wheelchair gets a wheelchair.
“When you go across to countries like Egypt they are using wheelchairs that we would throw in a skip.
“The amount of donations we’ve had from NHS organisations, specialist businesses, wheelchair services, home loan stores, other charities and members the public has been amazing.
“This is recycling in its greatest sense.”
The hospital in Egypt runs on donations and it is hoped that recycling the equipment will also benefit the environment in the UK, with less equipment being sent to landfill.