New mobility equipment service to launch in Bedford

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A new mobility equipment service is launching in Bedford that will allow people to hire a range of mobility equipment like scooters and wheelchairs for as little as £1 a day.

Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity are working together to provide the new Mobility Hub, which will be run in partnership with Bedford Shopmobility.

The service will allow members to rent mobility scooters for £2 a day and wheelchairs for £1 while non-members can do the same for £5 and £2, respectively.

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The news comes as Shopmobility services around the country are being forced to close due to a pinch on funding.

“We’re delighted to have opened this new facility in the heart of Bedford town centre. The Mobility Hub will help people to get into and around Bedford town centre, making it easier for them to access its amenities and excellent local businesses,” said Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson.

Jon Boswell, chief executive of Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Bedford Borough Council and Bedford Shopmobility to help people with mobility problems to get around Bedford. We are also keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in volunteering at the Hub.”

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