Charity aims to boost business

'Walter Dixon' and Wendy (Smith) outside Shopmobility
'Walter Dixon' and Wendy (Smith) outside Shopmobility

PEOPLE with mobility problems have been given a boost thanks to a Scarborough charitable business.

Shopmobility, in Somerset Terrace, is offering free daily hire of mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

Charity trustee Eleanor Gabriel said: “We want to make Scarborough accessible to everyone and I’m delighted we’re now in a position to provide a free hire service for those who can’t otherwise manage the hills around town. Since opening in 2004 we’ve been working towards offering a free service, and it feels like a major achievement that we’ve finally accomplished our aim.”

One of the first people to take advantage of the offer was local pensioner Walter Dixon – the very first customer to have registered with the scheme when it was first launched in November 2004.

Manager Wendy Smith added: “The free daily hire service has already been welcomed by current and new users of Shopmobility. We’ve received some very positive and encouraging comments.”

Shopmobility provides the hire of mobility equipment to people whose mobility is restricted by permanent or temporary disablement, age, accident or illness.

The service was forced to stop its daily hire service last spring because of a lack of funding, but was then able to fully re-open after money was made available from a local charitable trust.

For further information pop in at the Shopmobility centre in Somerset Terrace, at the back of the Brunswick Shopping Centre, or call (01723) 369910.