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Change of plan for the Rotary van

Change of plan for the Rotary van

Saffron Walden Rotary has been using the van it has been driving to support a mobility charity in Yorkshire to support a foodbank in Essex.

The introduction of lockdown at the beginning of this year brought about the suspension of most of the projects carried out by Saffron Walden Rotary in Essex.

One of the club’s main projects is the collection of unwanted mobility and physiotherapy equipment from the East and South East England on behalf of the Yorkshire charity, PhysioNet.

The collected equipment is transported to Yorkshire in the club’s own van and checked by physiotherapists.

One of the club’s main projects is the collection of unwanted mobility and physiotherapy equipment from the East and South East England on behalf of the Yorkshire charity, PhysioNet.”

Where necessary, the equipment is then refurbished, with the help of the Margaret Carey Foundation, which sends items to various prisons for the work to be carried out.

In the past three years, the club has moved almost 200 tons of equipment to PhysioNet.

When the project had to be suspended, members of the Rotary club used the van to transport donated food from Tesco in Great Dunmow to the Foodbank in Saffron Walden.

It was also used to move bags of food for clients to the foodbank base in Great Dunmow.

In the past three years, the club has moved almost 200 tons of equipment to PhysioNet.”

The club’s lead on the PhysioNet project, John Tapscott, commented: “As our PhysioNet work was not possible, we were pleased to be able to use the van to assist the foodbank with the collection of donated food from Tesco and to take bags of food to the base in Great Dunmow.

“The Rotary club hopes to be able to be able to recommence the transfer of equipment to PhysioNet in Yorkshire in the very near future.

“To help with temporary storage of equipment before transportation to Yorkshire, we have just taken delivery of a large storage container.”