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The Phoenix Project

The Phoenix Project aims to provide much needed mobility/independent living aides to disabled people and people living with long-term health conditions who are supported by St Mark Universal Copts Care (St Mark) through their overseas projects, mainly in Egypt and Sudan.

By extending their well-established mobility/independent living aides recycling scheme, Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP) will co-ordinate the national collection of equipment that will be refurbished, containerised and transported to St Mark projects overseas.

With an estimated population of around 85million, Egypt has in excess of 20million disabled people. It is well documented that health and social care services are limited and the provision of mobility/independent living aides are basic.

The Partners

St Mark Universal Copts Care (St Mark) is a youth oriented UK based charity founded in 2014 with a mission to promote independence, dignity and confidentiality and to provide high quality integrated seamless services. We work with local bishops to identify the needs in Egypt, Sudan, the rest of Africa, and the world.

Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP) is an internationally acclaimed user led charity. With over 25 years’ experience of developing and delivering mobility and independent living services, our aim is to support disabled people and people living with long term health conditions.

The two charities are linked by Dr Naser Fouad Chairman of St Mark and Dave Thompson MBE DL Founder and Chief Executive of WDP. They have a working relationship stemming back 10 years.

The Supply Chain

WDP have identified the supply chain of used, and sometimes, new mobility/independent living aides. Including:
  • Local Authority and NHS Community Home Loans Stores,
  • Hospitals,
  • National Wholesalers and Retailers, and
  • Individual donors.

Product List

  • Attendant Propel Wheelchair
  • Self-Propel Wheelchair
  • Elbow crutch
  • Walking stick
  • Zimmer frame
  • Tri-walker
  • Rollator
  • Perching stool
  • Shower stool
  • Commode frame (No potty)

Transport

Goods In - It is expected that suppliers will deliver goods to the unit, and WDP will provide access to their transport fleet within their service area.

Goods Out – Finished items will loaded into metal containers that will be collected by the Shipping Agent for transport to Egypt or Sudan.

Project Status

Several large national organisations have started to donate items including NRS Healthcare and Ableworld. Warrington Home Loans Store and Liverpool Wheelchair Service have also started to donate items.A shipping agent has been sourced and we are negotiations with the landlord of an industrial unit.