A WOMAN says she can’t find anywhere in Britain to donate unused care products following her mother’s death.
Clare Talbot, who lives in Crowsley, was left with two boxes of incontinence pads and several more containing catheter equipment after Lucy Webster’s death in December.
Mrs Webster, who was 95, passed away at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow having had a live-in carer at her home in Nazeing, Essex.
Her daughter said she couldn’t find anyone to take the items despite speaking to district nurses, her mother’s doctor’s surgery, the hospital, a care home and hospice, Oxfam and the Red Cross.
Now they will go to Smile International, a charity which was founded to help refugees who fled to Macedonia in 1999 after the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and now works in Africa, Asia and Europe.
Mrs Talbot said, “The NHS bought all this equipment and issued it on prescription and now is wasting it all.
“I was told to put it in the bin, which goes into landfill. I can understand with medicines and prescription drugs as there’s a safety issue but these are sealed packets of useful items.
“It’s a shocking waste of resources. I think it’s criminal.
“It was only when I got on to Red Cross International that I began to get some sense out of somebody. They put me in touch with Smile International.
“It would have been better if we could have used it in this country but at least it’s going to be used.”
Mrs Talbot has contacted Henley MP John Howell to raise her concerns.