There are many ways you can support us. A financial donation is always much appreciated and helps us to continue to host and manage the Disability Equipment Service website.
However, supporting us doesn’t have to mean giving us a monetary donation. You can help by just sharing what we do with your family, friends and colleagues. You can also link with us on Facebook and Twitter and share our work with your social media connections too.
Please see below for more details on how to support us.
We know, from experience, that lots of disability equipment ends up in landfill, in a garage or in the corner of a room and never gets used again. This is often due to not knowing how or where to dispose of such items. We are trying to ensure that all disability equipment is used all the time by people who need it. Our service enables people to be able to buy used equipment, allowing them to remain independent and not have to move in to residential care or require support at home.
We also know that there are times when you need to clear out a home due to the loss of a loved one or when the time has come for someone to move in to residential or nursing care and, as with many other things, you don’t have the time, space or frame of mind to have to deal with this equipment.
Our service relies on the generosity of people donating their equipment to us. We are based in Surrey and do our best to collect equipment from our local area. We are also really grateful if people are able to drop equipment off or have items delivered to us as this helps keep our running costs down and further benefits the charity we support, currently Support Dogs, a charity that provide, train and support assistance dog partnerships for people with autism, epilepsy and physical disabilities.
As much as we would like to collect everything, due to our limited storage and not having a van, we have to consider what we can realistically collect. Examples of the types of items that we can collect include folding mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, rollators, walking frames, etc; basically anything that will fit in to the back of a hatchback car.
If we’re unable to collect or accept your items, we have several contacts from within the disability field that may be able to help. For example, we work with a stairlift company in East London who remove and install used stairlifts and a company in the Midlands who buys and sells mobility scooters. In addition, we have friends and family dotted around who often take in items for us so if you’re unsure then just get in contact with us and we’ll do our best to help.
If you have sold your equipment via our service or just want to support what we’re doing, then you can send us a donation through PayPal Friends and Family (you’ll need a PayPal account to do this).
Just follow these steps:
- Log in to your PayPal account at PayPal.com
- Click ‘Send or Receive’
- Enter our email address in the ‘Name, Email Address or Mobile Number’ field – email@example.com
- Click ‘Next’
- Enter the amount you would like to donate in the ‘£’ field
- Click on the ‘Paying for an Item or Service ’ button and, on the subsequent page, choose ‘Sending to a Friend or to Family’ button (choosing this option will mean that we don’t pay PayPal fees on your donation)
- Add a note (if you wish) and then click ‘Continue’
- On the next page, choose what account you would like to make the payment from, this usually defaults to your PayPal balance or you can select one of your linked bank accounts
- Click ‘Next’ to go to the summary page
- Confirm that all of the details are correct and, once you’re happy, click the ‘Send Money Now’ button to send the payment
If making a donation via PayPal isn’t for you and you would prefer to either post us a cheque or donate to us via a bank transfer, then you can do so by:
Send us a Cheque
Please make cheques payable to:
Mr D Smith and Mrs V Rushworth
and send it to:
Disability Equipment Service C/o Mrs V Rushworth 34 Hazel Way Fetcham Leatherhead Surrey KT22 9QD
Please make a payment using the following bank details:
Bank: Barclays Bank plc Sort Code: 20-23-98 Account Number: 93455378
If you have any queries or questions, please contact us.
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Disability Equipment Service
Support the Disability Equipment Service by donating your disability equipment.
The Disability Equipment Service is a website covering the UK which provides members of the public and organisations an opportunity to buy and sell new and used disability equipment.
To help cover the running costs of this service, we accept donated disability equipment* which we collect, clean, repair and then sell. We give 25% of the proceeds to our nominated charity with the remainder going towards the ongoing running costs of the service.
Due to our location, we normally only collect equipment from Surrey and the surrounding counties. However, if you have equipment that you would like to donate we still might be able to accept, or if we're unable to accept, support you with finding someone more locally to you.
* Due to our limited storage we may not be able to accept all items donated to us. In some cases we may request to sell the item in situ (if convenient) or provide you with an alternative organisation that may be able to accept your item.