22 wheelchairs have been donated from the Liskeard Community Rehabilitation Team to a charity in The Gambia.
Often wheelchairs are returned to the team by families or patients when no longer needed. Usually, medical equipment cannot be reused so is often sent to landfill. The Liskeard Community Rehabilitation Team decided to contact the Bissary Aid Project, who provides essential supplies and facilities in rural Gambia to see if they could make use of the medical equipment.
“As a community rehabilitation team, we know how much a simple piece of equipment can improve a person's life. Therefore it has given us enormous pleasure to be able to donate to people that we will never meet, but who will benefit from items otherwise destined for landfill” commented Liskeard’s Community Rehabilitation Team Physiotherapy Assistant, Jane Lewis.
Along with the wheelchairs, including paediatric wheelchairs, Liskeard Community Hospital’s minor injury unit also collected medical equipment to be donated.
The Plymouth Bissary Aid Project was set up by David Compton, a teacher at a Plymouth school, making provision for clean water supplies and educational facilities in rural Gambia. They support the project by sending items from pots and pans to bicycles and tools for building and gardening. David organises a container once a year which is sent fully loaded to The Gambia.