Lots to celebrate for Shopmobility

April 30 2019
Lots to celebrate for Shopmobility

SHOPMOBILITY, the Yate-based charity which provides mobility scooter and wheelchair hire, has much to celebrate.

It is not only extending its opening hours but has also received £5,000 in funding – and two of its staff have won awards.

The service will now open to customers in Yate Shopping Centre for an additional two hours on a Thursday.

Vice chairman David Bell, pictured, said: "This is great news, it will enable the scheme to increase its service provision to help its many users."

People who rely on the charity come from across South Gloucestershire and beyond. It aims to enable people to remain independent for as long as they wish, and to prevent them from becoming isolated.

Support has also come in the form of £5,000 sponsorship from Yate Shopping Centre where Shopmobility is based.

Centre manager Andy Lowry said: “Supporting local charities such as this is an important part of our community work and I am pleased that we are able to help them through the year.

Importantly the shopping centre is all on one level but Shopmobility allows those that require the service total freedom of access throughout both the main centre and the adjoining Riverside leisure facilities, including the Cineworld cinema.”

David and fellow long term volunteer Martin Monk have heard that they are the winners of a prestigious council award for their dedication and hard work.

They have each won a South Gloucestershire Council Chair’s Community Award.

David won a long service award, as he’s been a founding trustee since 2004 and is now the vice chairman. Martin, who is a former chairman, was recognised for his years of commitment.

The Chair’s Community awards were established in 2003 to celebrate the contribution of unpaid volunteers to life in South Gloucestershire.

David said: "This award is also a tribute to all at Shopmobility South Gloucestershire and it is quite humbling when one hears what others have done to win their awards".

Martin said: "I am accepting this award on behalf of all those at Shopmobility that have worked hard over the last year to ensure that we can provide a service by raising funds, assisting in the office and helping people use our scooters.”

Shopmobility was founded in 2003 by Keith Holloway from Thornbury and started operating in 2006.

Its new opening hours are 9.30am-4pm on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9.30am-2pm on a Saturday.

For more information call 01454 868718 or 07999 574 474, or email shopmobilitysouthglos@yahoo.com.