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New mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs for Preston

Posted on - 20th November, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, News, Preston City Centre, Transport
Testing out the new mobility scooters
Testing out the new mobility scooters

More mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs have been bought to help people get around Preston.

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Preston Shopmobility has secured £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The money has bought six new scooters and three new electric wheelchairs.

Chair of trustees at Preston Community Transport Peter Bell said: ‘This is great news. The people of Preston who are less mobile will continue to be able to easily access the shops and services in Preston City Centre.

“By replacing this equipment, with new and more modern pieces, BIG Lottery have helped us to continue to offer this essential service for many more years.”

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The charity has been running since 1988 and helps people in Preston and South Ribble who live with mobility restrictions to get around.

Shopmobility member Christine said: ‘I’d be lost without Shopmobility. Even though I’ve my own scooter at home, we can’t lift it into and out of a car so, I’d be stuck. Shopmobility is good value at £4 for the day, the blue badge car park is right outside and the volunteers are welcoming and warm: they know my favourite scooter and set it up for me.

“It’s great news that the BIG Lottery Fund has awarded this money and the new equipment is really lovely.”

Read more: New buses to help ensure Prestonians don’t stay home alone

Do you use the Shopmobility scheme? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below

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