“Our long term vision for this service is to be the ‘one stop shop’ for disability equipment, providing an easy to use, central website that gives organisations and individuals a convenient way to buy or sell disability equipment.”
The Disability Equipment Service is a simple to use, bespoke website that enables organisations and members of the public to sell their disability equipment and enables others, who may not be able to afford to buy new equipment, an opportunity to buy a used item of equipment at an affordable price.
It is run by two friends, Dave and Vicky, who manage the website in their spare time. They are supported by Jolyon Gray, a freelance website developer who also built the current website. Jolyon has been great to work with and has supported us with ensuring that the website remains live, free from bugs and most importantly, secure for our customers to use.
The website is free to use by both members of the public and organisations. We can only do this by keeping our expenditure to a minimum and also from the generosity of people donating unwanted, good condition, equipment to us or from people giving us donations for using the service (not compulsory but much appreciated).
Items that are donated are cleaned, repaired if necessary and then sold at a competitive price. We give 25% of all proceeds from donations to charity with the remaining proceeds supporting the running costs of the website.
In July 2017 we were pleased to donate £5000 to Guide Dogs for the Blind. This donation enabled us to name a guide dog puppy (we’ve named it Des after our service) and support its journey through its first year of training. Please link to our Facebook and Twitter pages to follow Des’s first year with us.
We are now (January 2019) proud to have raised a further £5000 and are in the process of sponsoring our second guide dog puppy. We hope to name this one Errol in memory of Dave’s wonderful guide dog who sadly had to be put to sleep in June 2017 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. At the time, Dave wrote a lovely eulogy in memory of Errol for people to read and see some photos of him.
Our plan had always been to change our nominated charity after raising the first £5000. However, due to Errol having to be put to sleep, we felt it a fitting commemoration to raise another £5000 and sponsor another Guide Dog called Errol.
We have now changed our nominated charity and are now raising funds for another assistance dog charity - Support Dogs, a charity that provide, train and support assistance dog partnerships for people with autism, epilepsy and physical disabilities. This is another great charity doing some amazing work and we’re really pleased to have them as our current nominated charity.
You can help us raise funds for Support Dogs by donating your unwanted, good condition, disability equipment to us or by supporting our service with a monetary donation. Find out more on our Support Us page.
We are keen for this service to benefit as many people as possible. Please ensure it continues to be well used by telling your family, friends and colleagues about the DES website. We would also appreciate any mention in newsletters, ebulletins, etc to help spread the word about this valuable website as well as likes and follows on Facebook and Twitter. We have posters, postcards and business cards advertising the service so if you would like any for your organisation, social group or service, please ‘contact us‘ with your name and address, details of what you would like and how many and we’ll happily get some in the post to you. Please also let us know if there are other ways you would like to support us.
Thank you for your support and we hope that you enjoy using the website.
Dave and Vicky
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