Mobility equipment group faces ‘imminent closure’ as it looks to fill £50k hole

A group that recycles and sells mobility equipment in Lancashire faces closure by August unless a £50,000 funding shortfall can be found.

Brighter Future, which trains people with disabilities to repair mobility equipment, before selling products on through its retail outlet, receives no funding and makes its money by retailing equipment.

The group’s chairman, Peter Cousins MBE, who is looking for a successor or larger organisation to take over Brighter Future, said funding of around £50,000 would be enough to save the charity from ‘imminent closure’.

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Mr Cousins is appealing to local businesses to sponsorship and also to organisations and even manufacturers within the mobility sector to support the group.

According to a report by a local newspaper, Mr Cousins said that Brighter Future Workshop will have to shut down permanently in August if money is not found.

He told the Liverpool Echo that if it closes it will be a “serious blow” to local people with disabilities.

“It is very sad for our charity and staff, but mostly for the many young disabled people who will lose their placements in our workshop; these trainees help to recycle mobility equipment.

“Brighter Future has trained over 350 young disabled people with over 120,000 training hours trainees have helped to refurbish over 35,000 pieces of mobility equipment that has helped needy disabled.

“Our training programmes have helped these disabled and disadvantaged people whom others might have considered un-trainable, to become motivated trainees, enabling them to help themselves to remove barriers and play a fuller role in life and society, positively enhancing their lives.

“There are several reasons that have contributed to the imminent closure. Firstly we have had no funding for three years, but in saying that our last financial year showed that we earned 92% of total costs but unfortunately the last 8% we need to become sustainable equates to over £100,000.”

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