Recycling is at the heart of Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, the UK's largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness.
The business it operates to fund core services takes goods donated corporately by national store chains and manufacturers, de-labels them and sells them through a group of shops in the Midlands. Anything it can't sell through the stores is sold on for recycling for its component parts.
The charity's Newlifeable service - one of several free equipment services it offers - utilises redundant equipment, much of it from individual statutory organisations, and refurbishes it for re-use in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
However, some of this donated equipment is not suitable for use in the UK because it has been superseded by more up to date models. In the true spirit of recycling, this is passed on to PhysioNet, a Yorkshire-based charity which provides disability equipment to developing countries like Fiji, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Uganda.
The most recent donation by Newlife saw 48 items of specialist equipment given to PhysioNet.
Newlife Equipment Recycling Co-ordinator Jack Kay said: "This specialist equipment still has life left in it, but is not suitable for use by Newlife because equipment development and production has moved on in the UK. We are delighted to be able to pass these items on to PhysioNet, which does such important work helping to support disabled people in less developed countries around the world."
Pictured from left: PhysioNet's Philip Purkis and Mike Dixon with Newlife staff member Hal Henderson, loading the latest consignment for use abroad.
The loan of efficiently supplied, effective equipment providing immediate support for terminally ill children - those who just can’t wait!
The provision of this wheelchair allows him to access all aspects of life, acedemic and social with a degree of independence. He is Acorns Young Ambassador and this wheelchair allows him to be so pro active. All of the Newlife people are working together; the application was so straightforward and much quicker than we expected.
Thank you for my new bed. I love it. When I'm poorly I can be lifted up to help my breathing, and I can sleep safely and soundly (Mummy hopes!)