Hinckley Shopmobility scheme stays

Posted On 23 March 2015

Over £10,000 pounds has been donated to Hinckley Shopmobility to secure a service which enables people with mobility problems to shop with ease in Hinckley.  Last year, the scheme helped bring in almost £100,000 in retail revenue.

 

Hinckley and Bosworth Council has agreed to donate the money to Hinckley Shopmobility after renewing its service level agreement with the operators.

While the popular service does cost money to run it also ensures people are able to access shops and services in the town centre - which they would otherwise not be able to do.

In a survey around 75% of users said they would not come into Hinckley if there wasn’t a shopmobility scheme.

The highly popular service, which is also a registered charity, has now been operating in Hinckley town centre for more than 10 years and has 143 registered users.

“I only have one leg and my mum is elderly so she can’t push me around in a wheelchair. If shopmobility wasn’t here I would be lost, it’s a huge asset for me and I’m really pleased the council is continuing its support.”

Chairman of shopmobility Jan Beagley who is also a regular user, said: “When my husband and I moved to Hinckley one of the first things we looked for was whether a shopmobility scheme was available.

The current service level agreement is set to expire at the end of March but after reviewing the success and popularity of the scheme Hinckley and Bosworth borough councillors have agreed to support it for another three years.

Janet Rowley, treasurer for Hinckley Shopmobility, said: “The shopmobility committee are very grateful that the council is supporting us. Our users will be delighted that we can continue to offer this much-needed service”.

Council leader Stuart Bray said: “The service that Hinckley Shopmobility provides to the local community is essential. It is a major draw to the town and supports local businesses by bringing in a large amount of money every year so I’m pleased the council is able to continue supporting this valuable community asset.”

Manager of Hinckley BID, Jonathan White, also welcomed the news, adding: “Shopmobility provides a great service to the community and we welcome the borough council’s continued support.”

It costs £8 to become a shopmobility member and then £2 for every visit. The shop, which is located in the Britannia Centre car park on the second level, opens from 9.30am until 3.30pm Monday to Saturday. The scheme has eight powered scooters, two manual wheelchairs, two power assisted chairs and one powered wheelchair. For more details about the scheme call 07982 302780 or drop in to the shop.

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