A Red Cross mobility equipment service is set to open in Crowborough, East Sussex, in the next couple of weeks.
The service is working in partnership with Co-op Funeralcare and using its premises for the time being.
From its base it will lend mobility equipment, including wheelchairs, walking aids and toileting aids, to local residents on a short-term basis.
Volunteer co-ordinator, Nicola Callow, told The Argus that having the right equipment can make “a huge difference” to the quality of life for someone dealing with mobility problems.
“Access to a wheelchair can mean that people can attend important events, get to the shops, or even get around the house, instead of being stuck in one place.
“We want to help people stay independent as much as possible.
“We are so grateful to the Co-op for lending us their premises, which allows us to re-establish this much needed service for residents.”
In January a British Red Cross mobility equipment loan branch in King’s Lynn was forced to close.
The organisation’s Austin Fields loan centre closed because of funding cuts and end-users now need to order mobility equipment either online or by phone to have the items delivered.