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Red Cross mobility equipment loan service forced to shut

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A British Red Cross service loaning mobility equipment to local residents is being forced to close amid a lack of funding.

The service in Banbury, which relies on donations to cover its running costs, will close at the end of the month but will be replaced by an alternative mobility service which will provide equipment delivery and collection options.

Geoff Cheshire, head of operations for the Banbury Red Cross mobility aids service, told a local newspaper that the service needs to critically analyse its income and costs.

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He told the Banbury Guardian: “Unfortunately the Banbury service is no longer viable in its current form, and we will have to find another way to keep serving the community while making crucial cost savings.

“I would like to pay tribute to our exceptional volunteers, who have been so professional and dedicated over the years.

“I thank them for their tireless efforts to help others, and I hope that they will be able to stay with us in some capacity.

“We would not be able to do our work without them. This is something that we would not choose to do if we had any other feasible option.”

The Red Cross service offered short-term loans on equipment such as wheelchairs, commodes and toileting aids.

Just yesterday, it was reported that a Red Cross mobility service in East Sussex is set to launch and will offer equipment loans to residents.

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