Please Recycle Mobility Aids - plead from DRC


A message from The Disability Resource Centre CEO, Melanie Hawman:

Due to the worldwide shortage of aluminium, we’ve been having great difficulty sourcing products for our new disability equipment shop at the Mayfield Centre in Dunstable.

The shortage includes wheelchairs, walking frames and toileting equipment; since most of these products are made with aluminium.

This shortage is a worldwide phenomenon and has now filtered through to our charity in Bedfordshire. Our customers rely on us to assess their mobility needs and then help source the appropriate equipment from our trusted suppliers.

So last week I launched a plea to our community to help by donating their second-hand mobility equipment to add to our stock. We are always very careful to assess the safety of all donated second-hand equipment and make sure it is all deep cleaned.

We’ve had a really good response so far but still urgently need more equipment to help vulnerable people in our community across Bedfordshire and Luton.

The impact of the shortage has been to empty our shop of new equipment (as people from all over the home counties and London have come to our shop) but also our second-hand stock has been greatly reduced. All our wheelchairs for hire are booked out for the foreseeable future too.This has left vulnerable people who are already badly affected by the pandemic, unable to find the basic equipment to help them with their day-to-day life.

So I am putting out another plea to the good people of Bedfordshire, if you have second-hand mobility equipment in your home that is no longer needed then please get in contact with our team so that we can arrange a time for you to drop off the items.

Last week we also set up a free local pick-up service for those that can’t drop off donated items at the shop.

By recycling this valuable commodity and allowing someone else in your community to regain their independence you’ll be directly improving a local person’s life, plus decluttering your own home and helping save the world’s limited resources. That’s a win-win-win to be proud of.

Please see our news page for full details.

Thank you very much for your help,

Melanie Hawman.