A Shopmobility service in Devon which has recently re-launched has started receiving donations which it will use to replace its fleet of mobility scooters.
The Tiverton mobility service has already been granted £1,500 from a local charity and a funding campaign has now been launched so that more scooters can be purchased.
Fay Ashton, CEO of the Tiverton and District Community Transport Association (TDCTA), which runs the service, told Devon Live: “It’s vital for us because they [scooters] now go up to 25 stone and a lot of our older ones only go up to 18.
“The new ones are far more durable, and with technology improving over the years, this is just an absolute God send.”
There are around 4,500 Shopmobility users across mid-Devon and the service will need enough equipment to cater for regular customers.
In recent months Shopmobility services around the country have generally been struggling to cope following funding cuts and many have closed.
Many services now rely heavily on charitable donations to purchase mobility equipment.