MEET THE TEAM
A childhood in India led Peter to seek a 46 year career in tropical agriculture and international development. Four months after retiring in 2005, he and colleague drove a van full of disability aids to an orphanage in Sarajevo which led to the foundation of PhysioNet.
Over 40 years experience as a Physiotherapist, Heather has vast experience in acute and community paediatrics and is a leader in the field of Development Coordination Disorder. She leads the therapy team of 7 volunteers at Physionet’s Yorkshire depot. She has devised and delivers the equipment training to our overseas recipients.
Philip has a science background and worked in industrial health and safety. He is a STEM Ambassador in schools and at home relaxes by tinkering in his workshop with steam engines, electronics and cycle maintenance. Donated equipment to Physionet increasingly includes electrical components which require checking and repair, most usually, the replacement of batteries.
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WHO WE ARE
We are a national charity working throughout the UK operating solely with a network of enthusiastic volunteers who assist with the identification, collection, repair and packing of equipment before it is shipped, usually in 40 ft shipping containers, to countries around the world.
IN THE UK
Whilst visiting Sarajevo in 2004, we were impressed by the progress being made by the charity Hope and Homes for Children which helped children orphaned by the Balkan War. However, it was apparent that the most severely disabled children were in great need of special paediatric physiotherapy equipment which was unavailable in Bosnia.
On returning to the UK, we readily found a surplus of aids for the disabled, including wheelchairs, crutches and walking frames which meant not only could we easily meet Sarajevo’s needs, but we could also help other charities around the world. This led to the birth of PhysioNet.
OUR COLLECTION HUBS
PhysioNet has collection hubs located in the south west and south east of England, Inverness as well as the main depot in North Yorkshire. Our charity has no paid volunteers, contractors or sub-contractors.
Additionally, we work in close partnership with other charities including Jubilee Outreach Yorkshire, Hope and Home for Children, Jacob’s Well, Chernobyl Children, and Breadline.
Along with our work supplying equipment, we also have an amazing team of volunteer health care professionals who continue to monitor how the equipment we supply is used by the community. They have made numerous very successful visits to recipients in different countries, not only providing training for local physios and teachers but also to ensure the correct distribution and monitoring of equipment. Technical support and training includes assembly of equipment, assessing children’s needs, matching equipment to each individual, adjusting and maintaining equipment, alongside training for recipients and therapists.
If you’d like to join our ever increasing team of dedicated Physionet volunteers, head on over to our volunteer page to sign up. We’d love to see you!
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Carl Stitt is a Chartered Accountant with a lifetime of experience in Financial Services many years of which were spent in Hong Kong before retirement to the UK
Harry is an agriculturist who spent his career working in over 40 developing countries. This experience has given him a good understanding of the challenges of working in economies and with people of very limited resources. His direct practical experience of disability comes from his brother in law who has been a quadriplegic for 60 years.
UK Collections Co-ordinator
A Midlander, having lived in Peterborough, Burton-on-Trent and Mansfield and attended university in Birmingham, he came to York in 1974 to work at Rowntree’s (Nestlé from 1988) and stayed until retirement, working on Sales and IT projects around the world. On retirement, he joined York Rotary Club in 2011 and took over as PhysioNet-Rotary liaison in 2019.