Fife’s Shopmobility service, which lends mobility equipment to residents and shoppers, has received a total of £50,000 from just one donor in the last four years.
The landlords of the Glenrothes shopping centre donated the amount as part of their effort to help people with mobility impairments to visit and use the retail outlet.
The service, which has four branches, is highly valued among residents and less mobile shoppers in and around Fife, who are able to use mobility scooters and manual aids like wheelchairs for free.
Kingdom Shopping Centre manager David Carson told Fife Today: “Shopmobility is a very important charity that helps hundreds from across the region each week.
“I’m pleased we’ve been able to donate more than £50,000 in four years.”
Shopmobility services around the country have been struggling recently as funding pressures and a lack of donations have forced many to close.
It costs each service thousands of pounds a year to run operations and in many instances mobility dealers offer free servicing and equipment to cash-short Shopmobilities.
Last month Hereford-based dealer Mills Mobility Aids said it would step in to take on the local Shopmobility’s customer subscription base after the service said it would close because of pressures including funding cuts.
Mills Mobility, which opened just nine months ago, is increasing its staffing to cope with its new arm, which will operate as a not-for-profit service and will maintain current Shopmobility rates.
Owner Greg Mills, who has been in the mobility industry for 12 years, said that the dealer is trying to keep the service running for Hereford and ensure that people have the facilities they need.