The work of an Eastbourne-based charity that provides vital medical equipment to hospitals has been recognised with the award of a national honour.

Medi Tech Trust founder Bob Lewis and his small team gathered at a special ceremony in Hove to receive the Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service from Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Sir Peter Field.

The volunteers were among 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups from across the UK to be awarded the QAVS – the highest accolade given to UK charities.

Formed in 2002 by Bob Lewis, Medi Tech is dedicated to the provision of cutting-edge medical equipment to hospitals and medical centres. Over these years, Medi Tech Trust has supplied more than £1 million of equipment to Sussex hospitals, giving patients access to ground-breaking treatments.

The Queen’s Award judges made a special designation to Medi Tech Trust for its momentous efforts at the height of the Covid pandemic, when it moved swiftly to source and supply thousands of pieces of PPE equipment for NHS staff, care workers and the vulnerable. Through the provision of two bladder scanners to allow home monitoring of three times as many patients, many hospital beds have been freed up.

Receiving certificates at the awards ceremony at All Saints Church, Hove, were representatives of some of the Brighton and Hove surgeries to whom Medi Tech Trust has donated over 170 pieces of medical equipment to aid their 270,000 patients. Also present was Medi Tech Trust co-founder and urology surgeon Graham Watson, who has helped the charity train some 500 overseas doctors across the African nations and Sri Lanka.

Pictured at the awards ceremony with Sir Peter Field in the centre are the Medi Tech Trust team, left to right, Jose Valero-Gil, Caroline Watson, Graham Watson, Bob Lewis, Sandra Lewis, Jonathan Payne and Alison White.