Medical equipment help for Ukraine
Local charity PhysioNet has sent medical equipment to Ukraine. Three lorry loads of hospital beds, trolleys, mattresses, a portable x-ray machine, and disability aids have gone to a military hospital in Lviv, a distribution centre in Kyliv and the Karkjiv region since April, the most recent on 2nd July. Ukraine registered lorries have collected the consignments, including over 760 items worth nearly £300,000. Transport costs of over £10,000 have been met by contributions from Rotary Clubs, including Knaresborough and the Yorkshire District 1040, as well as PhysioNet’s sponsors.
The all-volunteer Yorkshire charity, which was founded in 2005 by Knaresborough Rotarian Peter Thompson, collects and refurbishes discarded mobility and physiotherapy equipment - wheelchairs, Zimmer frames, crutches, walking sticks and redistributes it for use by disabled children and adults in developing countries. The equipment would otherwise be sent for scrap. PhysioNet gained the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2017.
For more information about PhysioNet visit PhysioNet.org.uk, for more information about Rotary in Knaresborough visit www.knaresborough.rotary1040.org
Photos show: Loading of the first consignment at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield and the other showing some of the load at the destination in Ukraine.
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