Valerie’s Sponsored Walk – Ukraine Shipment

Thanks for taking the time to read this. As the wife of the PhysioNet Chairman, I’m raising money to pay for a shipment of vital medical equipment and humanitarian goods for PhysioNet to send to Ukraine.

On Sunday 19th May I will be walking 26 miles from Pateley Bridge to Angram Dam and back on the Nidderdale Walk & Run, organised by the Rotary Club of Harrogate. The walk is just four days after my 75th birthday so this walk will also be a birthday celebration and, at this age, I have set myself a challenge!

Since the invasion of Ukraine, and in addition to our regular shipments, PhysioNet has sent fourteen 55′ artics of vital supplies into the country. Funding to do this has declined recently as other humanitarian crises take precedence in the news media, but life in Ukraine is as desperate now as ever. Goods are still urgently needed.

Please donate as much as you can by going to www.physionet.or.uk and use the Giving link on the home page. On the message option, please put Ukraine Shipment. Your donations will go straight into the PhysioNet bank account avoiding the commission taken by internet fundraising platforms, and you can use Gift Aid to increase your donation by 25% if you are a UK taxpayer.

PhysioNet in Fiji

Counterstroke Fiji members, medical staff stroke survivors with Sarah Cowlam of PhysioNet of United Kingdom promoting the value of equipment for stroke recovery and  marking World Stroke Day at Nausori Village Hall on October 26, 2023

Yorkshire Charity Receives Highest Honour in Annual Queens Award for Voluntary Service

We are thrilled to announce that our charity, Physionet UK, has been awarded a Queens Award for Voluntary Service

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service is an annual award given to groups in the voluntary sector of the United Kingdom and is the equivalent to the MBE!

It is the highest award that can be made to a voluntary group so it really is an amazing achievement to have been recognised for all our hard work. The Award is managed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the presentation ceremony took place at Ganton Hall, N. Yorks and was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of N. Yorks Mr Barry Dodd CBE.

Nominations for QUAVs were made by Northcliff Rotary Club, Johannesburg, South Africa who have been involved with the import of redundant, scrap wheelchairs for over 20 years. The Club is responsible for the repair and distribution of equipment within South Africa and who have to date, supplied over 40,000 wheelchairs. The Spinal Injuries Association in Fiji also nominated us.  The SIA is Fiji’s largest service provider of mobility appliances made possible by collaboration with PhysioNet a relationship extending over 10 years. They were joined in nominations by Hambleton Evangelical Church, Thirsk who have worked in collaboration with PhysioNet in supplying mobility equipment to the Eastern Europe, specifically the Ukraine and Vani Welfare Society.  Vani is a province of Sri Lanka devastated by the long civil war leaving countless thousands of people with trauma disability.

It has really made us proud to achieve such a high honour whilst knowing all our hard work is being appreciated around the globe.

If you would like to know more about volunteering your time to Physionet, why not get in touch using our contact page, or visit our Volunteer page.

Queens Award for Voluntary Service for Physionet

Physionet Receives Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Physionet Receives Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Yorkshire Charity Receives Highest Honour in Annual Queens Award for Voluntary Service

We are thrilled to announce that our charity, Physionet UK, has been awarded a Queens Award for Voluntary Service

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service is an annual award given to groups in the voluntary sector of the United Kingdom and is the equivalent to the MBE!

It is the highest award that can be made to a voluntary group so it really is an amazing achievement to have been recognised for all our hard work. The Award is managed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the presentation ceremony took place at Ganton Hall, N. Yorks and was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of N. Yorks Mr Barry Dodd CBE.

Nominations for QUAVs were made by Northcliff Rotary Club, Johannesburg, South Africa who have been involved with the import of redundant, scrap wheelchairs for over 20 years. The Club is responsible for the repair and distribution of equipment within South Africa and who have to date, supplied over 40,000 wheelchairs. The Spinal Injuries Association in Fiji also nominated us.  The SIA is Fiji’s largest service provider of mobility appliances made possible by collaboration with PhysioNet a relationship extending over 10 years. They were joined in nominations by Hambleton Evangelical Church, Thirsk who have worked in collaboration with PhysioNet in supplying mobility equipment to the Eastern Europe, specifically the Ukraine and Vani Welfare Society.  Vani is a province of Sri Lanka devastated by the long civil war leaving countless thousands of people with trauma disability.

It has really made us proud to achieve such a high honour whilst knowing all our hard work is being appreciated around the globe.

If you would like to know more about volunteering your time to Physionet, why not get in touch using our contact page, or visit our Volunteer page.

Queens Award for Voluntary Service for Physionet
100th Load for Physionet!

100th Load for Physionet!

Medical Equipment Charity Celebrates 100th Load!

Recently the Physionet team all came together at our base in Yorkshire to load one of the biggest hauls of used medical equipment bound for Fiji – and to celebrate our 100th Loading.

Wheelchairs, specialist medical beds, walking aids and chairs were loaded into the trailer on a grey day before lockdown, aided by a team of Fijian soldiers whose energy seemed to have no limits! The Fijian High Commissioner, was due to join us to help celebrate reaching this amazing milestone, but due to covid travel restrictions, he was sadly unable to make it. Thankfully our able board director Mike stepped in to read a prepared statement and present a few gifts to our deserving team of volunteers.

Looking how far we’ve come since Peter first drove a truckload of equipment to that first orphanage, it really is a great testament to our fantastic team of volunteers who, come rain or shine, are always on hand to sort, fix and load the used equipment. Not only that, but we’ve done our part for the environment too, by saving it all from landfill. An amazing achievement all round.

Huge thanks goes to Joseph Hughes and Sons who provided haulage and to Ian Mattocks at Gelsthorpe Farm, who provides Physionet with storage for all the donated equipment, our esteemed founder Peter, our hard working volunteer Physio Heather, and our merry band of generous people who came to help load, make tea, and serve cake!

If you’d like to get involved with our charity, why not head over to our Volunteer page.