Brighter Future Mobility, which recycled and sold equipment, has been forced to shut permanently after it was unable to secure funding despite a large campaign to raise money in the last two months.
The group’s website is down and reads: “We would like to thank each and every one of our customers for their support of Brighter Future Workshop. Despite all efforts we have been unsuccessful in securing funding for the charity and have now closed.”
Lancashire-based Brighter Future warned in June that it could close by this month if it was unable to raise a £50,000 shortfall.
Brighter Future, which trained people with disabilities to repair mobility equipment, before selling products on through its retail outlet, received no funding and made its money by retailing equipment.
The group has set up a social media campaign and a Just Giving page in June in an effort to stay afloat.
By July it had raised just 7% of the funds needed to keep it open, including a £1,000 donation from an anonymous individual.
The group’s chairman, Peter Cousins MBE, stepped down recently and had hoped Brighter Future would be taken over by a successor or larger organisation.
His ambition had been for the Brighter Future model to be rolled out across the country with the potential of striking a deal with one of the industry’s manufactures.
In June he told the Liverpool Echo that closing would be a “serious blow” to local people with disabilities.
He said: “It is very sad for our charity and staff, but mostly for the many young disabled people who will lose their placements in our workshop; these trainees help to recycle mobility equipment.”