Devon-based charity, Hospicare, has ‘found a new lease of life’ after making the decision to focus on selling mobility aids from its Exeter store, alongside its usual homeware and clothing.
Shop manager, Mandy Harding, said that it makes sense to turn its focus towards mobility aids because of the shop’s location, space and accessibility.
She said: “Our supporters donate all sorts of items – electric beds, riser recliner chairs and scooters. We’ve found our top sellers are three wheeled walkers and the four wheeled walkers that can also be sat on. Walkers with a built-in tea tray are also popular for use around the home.
“It can be an emotional struggle for some people to admit they are not as mobile as they once were, but we also hear from these same people that it’s the best thing they’ve done, allowing themselves to get a walker or another item that enables them to get around, or be more comfortable.
“A shiny blue scooter in excellent condition was donated recently and a customer had previously told me their father wanted one. I sent her a photo by WhatsApp in the afternoon, which she then sent on to her dad. It’s changed his life and we’re so pleased to be able to sell good quality mobility aids to people who need them.”
Hospicare asks locals to donate mobility items to its local sites and to its main warehouse, from where it distributes the equipment with its vans.