Local charitable organisation PhysioNet has been selected as a recipient for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017. This award was created by The Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.
PhysioNet provides disabled people in developing countries with vital equipment they cannot find or afford, supplying a wide range of disability aids with life-transforming effects. PhysioNet is based in Lower Dunsforth, and has support centres in East Anglia, Lancashire, South East and the West Country. It was established in 2005 with the aim of providing physiotherapy and mobility equipment for the disabled in developing countries.
During the last few years, the organisation has sent 46 forty foot shipping containers, or the truck equivalent, packed with aids for the disabled, to 21 countries around the world.
The work of Physionet was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, and represents a tremendous achievement. The organisation’s details will be included in a special edition of The London Gazette and they will be presented with a signed certificate from Her Majesty The Queen by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire. It also means, by using the QAVS logo, that Physionet can hopefully attract significant funding from the large charitable trusts to help expand the operation.
David Kaye, Chairman, said “I am extremely proud of us receiving this award and thank all those volunteers who work quietly in the background to help us achieve so much, packing at the depot, travelling the length and breadth of Britain collecting equipment, loading containers and giving presentations to voluntary and support organisations. Thanks also to the Trustees, past and present, for guiding PhysioNet to where it is today, to our supporters for choosing us as a worthy cause for their donations and to healthcare professionals around the country who find time in their busy lives to make sure their redundant equipment comes to us and not the scrap man. Lastly, and by no means not least, thanks go to Peter Thompson whose persistence and perseverance has resulted in his concept achieving this great honour”.
There were eleven awards across the whole of Yorkshire. Of these, PhysioNet is the only “International” charity, as all of its beneficiaries are overseas.