Council urges residents to return borrowed medical equipment

Senior man (80s) laughing, getting up from couch, using walker

Cheshire East Council has launched a community equipment return amnesty to help save money.

The council is asking residents if they have unused crutches, wheelchairs, or walking frames gathering dust in their attic or garage and giving residents a chance to declutter their homes and help others in the community.

Along with many other local authorities, the council is facing an extremely challenging financial environment and is looking at all options where savings can be made.

From January this year, this new amnesty is a way to return borrowed equipment people no longer need, ensuring it can be cleaned, refurbished, and loaned to individuals who require it.

Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council adults and health committee chair, said: "Many households unknowingly hold onto valuable equipment that could make a life-changing difference for someone else.

"This amnesty encourages residents to clear out their storage spaces and contribute to a sustainable cycle of lending and reuse.

"This scheme will also save money as the council get 85% of the original value back as a credit on equipment. So for example, a typical walking frame costs £20, each one returned that is reusable would generate a £17 credit."

Why return community equipment?

  • Give back to the community: Your used equipment can help individuals recovering from surgery, injuries, or chronic conditions regain independence and dignity.
  • Reduce waste and save money: Reusing equipment is kinder to the environment and frees up much needed resources for providing new equipment or other vital support services.
  • Declutter your home: Let go of unused items and make space for what truly matters.

A wide variety of equipment can be returned, including:

  • Walking frames or sticks
  • Crutches
  • Bath lifts
  • Shower seats, commodes, and toilet surrounds
  • Hospital beds, hoists and bed transfer aids
  • Furniture raisers

How to return equipment:

Anyone with equipment which is no longer needed is invited to call 0151 653 9988 or to email: [email protected] to arrange collection.

Collections can also be requested using this link

The equipment will then be picked up by a Millbrook Healthcare engineer within five working days, free of charge.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Sally Hoare
Thursday 11th January 2024 at 5:02 am
When my husband died they refused to take back rhe equipment we had. Pleased to see they are now taking it back but shouldn’t be called an amnesty.
Jean Berman
Thursday 11th January 2024 at 8:10 am
Hallelujah!!!! At long last over the years I have had 2 pairs of crutches and each time I finished using them I was told to tip them. ! I’ve had friends and relatives told to tip chairs ;bath aids, toilet chairs and several other items .They have wasted so much money over the years not allowing us to returned medical aids once finished with them