PhysioNet is a UK charity established in Boroughbridge in 2005 that provides disabled adults and children in developing countries and Eastern and Central Europe with physiotherapy equipment, mobility items and some hospital equipment.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions on movement, coincided with the charity losing their facility in the South East of England, which meant that vital physiotherapy apparatus and children’s mobility equipment needed to be re-housing close to PhysioNet’s storage and distribution centre in the North of England.
As soon as travel restrictions were lifted a large removal van brought all of the stock to the Rabbit Hill Country Store located on Rabbit Hill Business Park, on the A168 just outside Boroughbridge, where free, secure storage was made available.
Rachel Kay, owner of the Rabbit Hill Country Store comments,
“We are delighted to be able to help PhysioNet. I have known Peter Thompson, PhysioNet’s Founder, all my life. In fact, his wife did the flowers at my wedding! The charity is amazing and really is life changing for its recipients. As we have recently built additional warehousing on the Rabbit Hill Business Park, we were able to accommodate PhysioNet’s equipment and we’re really happy to be able to help them.”
The proud recipient of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service; in any one-year PhysioNet sends 10 to 12 shipments of mobility equipment from wheelchairs, to hoists and crutches in 40-foot containers to destinations which include Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
Most shipments take around three months from receipt of the equipment to allow for cleaning, repairs and preparation for distribution. So, a large, clean, dry and secure warehouse was needed that could house the equipment until it was ready for shipment.
PhysioNet’s volunteer team which includes qualified physiotherapists assess all equipment that arrives from the NHS etc, making sure it is safe and usable and where possible giving it a second-life. It is one the best forms of recycling out there, ensuring individuals in developing countries have access to this advanced life-changing equipment. The equipment will be held at warehouses on the Rabbit Hill Business Park for the foreseeable future, allowing the volunteer team to work on their extensive equipment stock held at their current distribution centre. When the time comes, the team at Rabbit Hill Country Store have offered their services to assist with the loading and relocation of the equipment.
PhysioNet Founder and Trustee Peter Thompson adds,
“As with so many businesses and charities we have been affected by the corona pandemic and by the closure of our South East Hub left us with a huge problem. I have known Richard and Rachel, the owners for many years and had seen that there was a lot of building happening at Rabbit Hill Business Park so I just asked if they could help. Thankfully they were happy to help with secure storage and loading when the time comes for our next shipment to be dispatched. It really will help to make a difference to people with disabilities overseas. “