Hereford Shopmobility thrown lifeline amidst risk of closure

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A service that provides disabled shoppers with mobility aids has been rescued from closure thanks to support from a local trust.

The Hereford City branch of mobility equipment hire service Shopmobility, which is managed by Services for Independent Living, was facing closure due to funding cuts.

The company was at risk of its Hereford City site shutting after its application to the Hereford City Council for a funding grant funding wasn’t supported.

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Shopmobility services around the country are struggling to stay afloat as funding is squeezed, meaning it is becoming more difficult for people to hire mobility equipment.

The branch reduced opening hours from six days a week to three in April in a bid to cut running costs with Services for Independent Living planning decide whether to shut the service or not on September 1.

Ahead of the upcoming deadline the service secured funding from a local trust which will allow Hereford City’s Shopmobility to continue until the end of March 2018.

Euan McPherson, Support for Independent Living chief executive, told the Ledbury Reporter: “Hereford City Shopmobility is a vital link to the community for many disabled people and it is a real concern that the current economic climate means we are finding it harder and harder to secure the funds we need to maintain the service.”

Shopmobility will need to source additional funding in order to continue the equipment hire service.

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