Funeral director gives new lease of life to Shopmobility service that was facing the axe

Slough’s Shopmobility service has been saved from closure thanks to a donation from a local funeral director, which has granted it one more year of operating.

The local service, which is run by Slough Community Transport, lends wheelchairs and scooters to people who want to access Slough town centre but are challenged by mobility issues.

It was due to close at Christmas time after its funding was not extended and it was unable to cover the £10,000 costs needed to run it.

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But now E Sargeant and Son Funeral Directors’ £2,000 donation means the mobility service can keep running throughout 2018.

E Sargeant and Son’s area development manager, Mark Clements, said: “We are delighted to be able to donate such a substantial amount of money to keep Shopmobility going.”

“Knowing that this will enable the service to keep running for another year is great and I would like to thank Funeral Partners for helping E Sargeant to support such a local community cause.

“Once a service like this is gone – it’s gone. It takes much more money to restart a service than it does to maintain it so we really wanted to do everything we could to keep it going. We know how many people rely on the service and it is so important for people to be able to get out of their homes and explore the town.”

Meanwhile, George Howard, chief executive of Slough Community Transport and Shopmobility, said: “We are so pleased that Slough Shopmobility is able to open for another year thanks to the generosity of local supporters. E Sargeant and Son are always keen to support local projects and this is an excellent example of their work behind the scenes for Slough residents.”

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