New Shopmobility store

DESPITE thousands of pounds worth of funding being slashed, Shopmobility has managed to open a store in Leigh.

The service which provides powered scooters or electric or manual wheelchairs to town centre shoppers with limited mobility now has a new charity store on Bradshawgate.

The shop opened on Monday and stocks many items from clothes, shoes and handbags.

In March, the charity was shaken when it discovered it would not be receiving its £97,000 annual grant from Wigan Council.

David Eccles, Shopmobility general manager said: “We were unfortunate enough to lose our funding earlier this year so to keep afloat, we needed to open this new shop in Leigh.

“We managed to get the shop ready and open up within a month and hopefully the proceeds from the store will see us through.

“We were worried when our funding was cut but we are now all feeling much more positive about the future with the opening of our new store.

“The Shopmobility service serves around 10,000 people in the borough, we need to keep it going.

“We have around 40 volunteers that help us out in two offices and another charity store in Wigan, with about five or six volunteers working in this store.

“Although we are always looking for more people and if anybody can help, we would like them to get in touch.”

Shopmobility has 50 scooters and 200 wheelchairs available for loan.

To raise vital proceeds for the service, a 31-mile walk will take place in the Lake District.

Fund-raisers who wish to raise funds for Shopmobility can join the team on August 18 when they walk from Keswick to Kendall.

For more information call Janet on 01942 607128 or 07740432124.