Bracknell Shopmobility forced to ask for donations as footfall plummets and £30k funding pulled

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Bracknell Shopmobility has been told that its annual funding from the local council will dry up this year.

Since 2015/16, Bracknell News reported, the charity has received £32,800 from Bracknell Forest Council every year, which covers its running costs.

As of the coming financial year, the charity’s funding will be cut completely, which, it revealed to the local newspaper, could not have come at a worse time.

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In a normal year it would have hoped that rental of its mobility scooters, as well as sales at events and from the coffee shop, would cover costs.

With the shop now in its fourth enforced closure in a year, thanks to England’s third national lockdown, this has not been possible.

Bracknell Shopmobility is instead having to look for other means of raising the money.

Discussing whether the shop will be forced to close soon, acting chairperson, Colin Wilcox, told Bracknell News: “We’ve got about two years in terms of leeway, but we don’t want to get to that point.

“We’re not in a financially sustainable position at the moment because there is a shortfall.

“I would think in two years we might have to start thinking about having to close.”

He also wanted to thank the local community, saying: “People have been generous and people are supporting us.”

The shop has previously fought to repeal a council decision to cut its funding. Read more below:

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