Shopmobility users’ £600,000 spend justifies mobility scooter hire service

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A Shopmobility service in Wrexham has made a strong case for itself after it claimed its users spent more than £600,000 in the town last year.

The service, which was taken over by the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW) from the council in 2016, has a fleet of 31 scooters and wheelchairs which are hired out by locals.

At a town meeting on Monday, AVOW’s chief officer, John Gallanders, underlined how important the service and its users are to the local economy, according to the Wrexham Leader.

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He said that each mobility scooter has advertising potential for businesses in the area and added that AVOW is appealing to firms to become a Friend of Wrexham Shopmobility.

Mr Gallanders hopes that this will help to ensure the service will continue to operate with a well maintained fleet of scooters to ensure the £600,000 spending remains in the town.

It is estimated that it costs around £175 a year to maintain each scooter and about £4,000 to charge them.

Mr Gallanders said however that some of the fleet needs replacing.

He said: “There are a number of ways in which your business could help financially or in kind, depending on how large or small your business may be.”

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