Support for Shop Mobility

Trustee of Shop Mobility and councillor Danny Gee, County Coun Steve Holgate and shop manager Michael Thompson

Trustee of Shop Mobility and councillor Danny Gee, County Coun Steve Holgate and shop manager Michael Thompson

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A bid by Chorley’s Shop Mobility to Lancashire County Council’s disability champions fund has resulted in a £950 boost towards a new scooter, and £450 for rainproof covers to keep the riders dry in this typically English summer.

A new scooter cost £1,000, and there are 15 scooters in the unit and interchange, with a rolling program of renewing three scooters every year.

The disability champion for Lancashire County Council (LCC), County Councillor Steve Holgate, said: “The service provided by shop mobility is second to none and as LCC Champion I am very happy to support it.

“I have £10,000 to help with other disability within Lancashire and I had no hesitation in awarding Chorley shop mobility this money.”

Shop Mobility trustee and borough councillor Danny Gee welcomes the grant and said: “It costs us over £3,000 a year just to renew our scooters then there is the cost of new batteries at £200 a pair, and we have to replace them on a regular basis. So any grant or donation that we receive we are really grateful for and it helps to keep the unit going.”

He added: “This unit helps anyone with mobility problems to come into Chorley, hire a scooter or wheelchair with ease and without discomfort go shopping or meet friends and have a good chat over a cup of coffee or tea.

“It’s all about giving everyone a quality of life and dignity.”

For further information about Shop Mobility contact shop manager Michael Thompson on 01257 260888.