Shopmobility spends £9,000 on new scooters

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Shopmobility spends £9,000 on new scooters

Shopmobility in Cheltenham is adding seven new battery powered scooters to its fleet at a cost of £9,000. Twenty scooters are now available for people of all ages with a temporary or permanent mobility difficulty. The new scooters will ensure Shopmobility continues to provide a reliable service to all its customers.

David Phelps, manager of Shopmobility, says, “I am pleased to announce the arrival of the new scooters to ensure all our equipment is bang up to date. The new additions will allow us to continue to provide a valuable service to our customers. We also hope to provide a more comprehensive service by making some of the existing equipment available at other events and locations in Cheltenham, such as the racecourse.”

The Shopmobility service operates from the Beechwood Shopping Centre (Level 1A) and is managed and funded by Cheltenham Borough Council. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Funding for the new scooters has come mainly from savings and donations.

Cllr Rob Garnham, cabinet member for the environment, says: “We would like to thank all those who made a donation during our Christmas appeal which raised an amazing £850. This money, and money found from within our budget, has enabled us to provide an even better service for our users by replacing some of the older scooters. We know that reliability of the scooters is one of the most important issues for the people who use Shopmobility.”

Shoppers can park and use electronically powered scooters on a daily basis and manual wheelchairs are also available on either a daily basis or for hire. Parking for Shopmobility users is adjacent to the Shopmobility office and is free of charge.

It is advisable to book in advance. Anyone who has not used a powered scooter before will be shown how to use it. For further information or to book a scooter please call Shopmobility on 01242 255333.

Posted : 19/01/2007 19:53:42

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