NRS Healthcare has donated thousands of assistive devices to a charity supporting those affected by the war in Ukraine.

NRS Healthcare is working with PhysioNet, which is a UK-based charity dedicated to helping some of the most marginalised people in the world by supplying children and adults with disability equipment.

A group of volunteers from across the business spent 5 November in Bicester, Oxfordshire, loading vital items onto a lorry bound for two military hospitals in the Zaporizhzhia region in Ukraine.

Thanks to donations from Cambridge, Peterborough, Norfolk, Southampton, Bicester, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Lincolnshire, around 860 pieces of equipment will provide aid to those who are injured, have found themselves displaced due to the conflict, or for those working around the clock to help those in need.

The equipment included beds, crutches, wheelchairs, rollators and mattresses and hundreds more PPE and medical supplies. A large selection of specialist paediatric equipment is also being delivered to a separate location.

Emily Luckie, Clinical Regional Manager for NRS Healthcare Southern region, organised the collection of equipment with PhysioNet.

She said: “Thank you to all our NRS volunteers, giving up their personal time for such an important cause. Thank you also to PhysioNet for asking us to be involved.

“I felt such pride last Saturday watching all the weeks of organising come together and our teams working together loading all the equipment onto the lorry and knowing it was going to those in need in Ukraine.”

This is the fourth special consignment of medical and physio equipment that PhysioNet has sent to Ukraine since the war started earlier this year. The charity, run solely by volunteers, helps people with disabilities overseas.

In addition to the items NRS Healthcare donated, the lorry also took a further 100 items collected by the Rotary Clubs of Dartmouth, Knaresborough, Bristol and Saffron Waldon, all of which sent volunteers to join in with loading the lorry.

Mike Freeman, a volunteer and Dartmouth Rotarian, said: “NRS has been an incredible partner to the Rotary and PhysioNet on our latest Ukraine shipment. At this time, Ukraine is in desperate need of hospital equipment, medical supplies and physio equipment.

“Although counter-offensives are currently successful, little is reported of the ongoing human struggle of civilians. We have benefitted from NRS’s logistics, workforce, and kit donations, which are no longer suitable for use in the UK.

“Furthermore, the NRS employees who gave up their Saturday morning to help load the lorry are all much appreciated and applauded for their effort. We couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you, on behalf of PhysioNet, Rotary, and the people of Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine.”

Alongside Emily, the NRS Healthcare staff volunteering included Heather Gray and her husband Kevin, Anthony Millard, Anna Walker, Abbie Johnson, Liz Plummer, Samuel Sharp, Maurycy Adamowski, Rob Andrews who drove the forklift, and Trudi Hodges.

Liz, a Customer Service Advisor for NRS Healthcare in Aylesbury, added: “Myself, my son Samuel and colleague Maurycy each had our own special reason to help, but we also knew it was for a good cause and would help those in need.

“I used to work in the care sector and seeing people go without is hard. Samuel is a kind and caring person, who is always happy to help. When he was born he needed much help with equipment that helped him in so many ways.

“Maurycy’s family are from Poland and he knows many people who have been in a similar situation and so he wanted to be involved. My daughter, who doesn’t work for NRS, but is also very caring, came along as an extra pair of hands and supported where she was able.”

Earlier this year, NRS Healthcare, in conjunction with Physionet, donated 45 beds and 40 pressure relief cushions to the Military Hospital in Lviv, Ukraine to support people affected by the ongoing crisis.

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