The British Red Cross has teamed up with Tesco to provide a pop-up service for people with mobility issues.
The pop-up service is part of a new pilot scheme that will roll out across 11 stores in England and Wales for six months. The Tesco superstore in Aldershot, Hampshire will be the first to trial the project.
British Red Cross staff will be on hand once a week at the store to distribute wheelchairs on a socially distanced, click and collect basis.
It is hoped that convenient access to wheelchairs at Tesco sites will play a part in helping vulnerable people regain their independence.
Head of the Mobility Aids Service at the British Red Cross, Geoff Cheshire, said: “We know there’s a need for a service like this and we’re delighted that Tesco is helping to make it happen by providing car park spaces for our teams to use.
“We have all been restricted in what we can do over the last year but we hope these pop-ups will help people remain active, get out and about and begin to return to the lives they enjoyed before the pandemic.”
British Red Cross research shows wheelchairs can support people to recover from illness and injury, improving choice, independence and wellbeing.
Service users can reserve a wheelchair using the Red Cross online booking system or via the phone by calling 0300 456 1914.
Vikram Sidhu, store manager at Tesco Aldershot Superstore, said: “We’re so proud to be supporting our local community in Aldershot with easy access to mobility aids through this new initiative with the British Red Cross. This is just another small way we are helping our customers and adding to our long-term partnership with British Red Cross.”