Shopmobility charity welcomes hefty donation

Shopmobility South Gloucestershire is celebrating receiving a donation of £2,058.70 from the customers of the Winterbourne Co-op’s celebration fund.

Trustee Linda Bannister and Shopmobility Chair Janet Biggin received the cheque from the Co-op on behalf of the Shopmobility scheme, which is based in Yate. The service provides mobility scooter and wheelchair hire on a daily and longer term basis to help people who have limited mobility to retain their independence and to use the facilities of the centre and to access other services. Those with a concessionary bus pass can use it for their daily scooter hire.

Shopmobility Project Manager Sheridan Crew said: “I would like to express my appreciation to Co-op customers for their generosity in supporting us. The funding is essential to help maintain our service as the only shopmobility scheme within South Gloucestershire.

“We would like to thank the Co-op in recognising the importance of enabling those with physical or hidden disability the ability to have access  to services, undertake activities via use of a mobility scooter.’

Shopmobility Chair Janet Biggin said: “Here at Shopmobility we are very grateful for the funding we have received from the Co-op, which enables us to do more in allowing us to offer motability scooters and wheelchairs to people, which helps in reducing isolation for those with mobility issues or just needing to hire a wheelchair following surgery, or going on holiday.

“We are very keen to advertise what we do to the wider community, in making people aware of what we can offer and so allow people more independence.”

There are opportunities to help the organisation to deliver the service, especially if it is able to expand its operations, and there are opportunities to deliver its promotion strategy to help the service reach more users. Please call 01454 868718 or 07999 574474, or email, for further information.