A PENSIONER is finally getting rid of mobility equipment cluttering his house – a year after his wife stopped needing it.

Frank Collins, 82, and his wife Rita, 80, were given a commode, toilet aid, bed rail, and several other bits of mobility equipment after she fell and broke her hip in December 2014.

But despite Mrs Collins making a full recovery in December 2015, the couple have had to keep it all at their home in Maybank Road, South Woodford, after Whipps Cross Hospital and Daniels Pharmacy refused to take it back.

The Leytonstone hospital’s managers Barts Health said they do not collect and recycle old mobility equipment because “the cost would be prohibitive”.

But after hearing about Mr Collins’ predicament in the Guardian last week (January 23) community equipment services company MedEquip has offered to step in and save the day.

Operations manager at MedEquip’s Woodford Green branch in Southend Road Yasmeen Mian said: “Mr Collins is only a five or ten-minute journey away from us.

“After someone at our head office flagged his case up to us we really felt for him - so as a goodwill gesture we would be more than happy to collect and recycle his equipment.

“All we need is his post code and a good time to come and pick it all up.”

MedEquip are commissioned by Waltham Forest Council to produce, deliver, collect and recycle mobility equipment for all its residents.

But despite Mr Collins living over the border in Redbridge, the company is still happy to help him out free of charge.

He said: “It’s great news.

“It’s just goes to show what can happen when you speak out about something.

“But if they can do it for people in Waltham Forest, why aren’t they doing it for people in Redbridge?”

Redbridge Council has been contacted for comment.