From Birmingham To Bhutan – Logistics company transports orthotic shoes to children in need

Birmingham-based logistics provider PGS Global has teamed up with one of its longest standing customers to deliver 900 pairs of shoes to children in need in Bhutan.

The global logistics company, which is a member of national network Pallet-Track, assisted in the delivery of 11 pallets which were taken from Salts Healthcare in Birmingham and delivered to the Draktsho Vocational Training Centre for Special Children and Youth in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Salts Healthcare, which provides a range of user-friendly products to hospitals and consumers, had approached several global carriers to assist with the project but experienced reluctance – until PGS Global heard about the difficulties and stepped in.

Paul Eyles, managing director at PGS, said: “We have worked with Salts Healthcare for more than 25 years and I was determined not to let their generosity go to waste.

“My commercial director, David Bayliss, investigated all the possibilities and with a great deal of co-ordination we were able to transport the shoes to Calcutta, then hired vehicles to make the hazardous four-day trip to Bhutan.

“David and I were also able to visit the centre and see the shoes being handed over. Very few people are lucky enough to travel to Bhutan and to be visiting for such a special reason makes it even more amazing.”

Since their visit, PGS Global has agreed to sponsor three teachers at the centre over the next three years.