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.