Dwindling demand sees Red Cross mobility aids centre close down

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An Essex British Red Cross centre that provides the local community with mobility equipment will close at the end of the month because it is not being used enough.

The centre, based in Maldon, loans equipment like wheelchairs and walking aids to people with temporary mobility issues.

It will shut on 30 August and its building will be sold.         

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Michael Lascelles, a spokesman for Red Cross, told a local newspaper that after a “thorough review”, the organisation decided the building was not getting enough use to justify keeping it open.

He told the Braintree and Witham Times: “Our mobility aids service at Maldon will close for the final time on August 30.

“Mobility aids can be collected from Chelmsford or Colchester, and we are also running a home delivery service for mobility equipment in the area.

 “We would like to thank our volunteers at Maldon for their committed service over the years and we hope they will consider other volunteering opportunities with the British Red Cross at Chelmsford or Colchester.”

A number of Red Cross mobility services have had to close over the last two years as the organisation has redistributed its funding.

Amid cuts it has had to prioritise certain parts of its operation and mobility aids are often now distributed in deliveries rather than prescribed at centres.

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