North Devon Shopmobility has launched an online appeal to raise enough funds so that it can carry on serving local residents with its mobility equipment hire service.
The service, which is now run by Go North Devon (GND), has been providing mobility scooters and wheelchairs on a hire basis since 1997.
But it now needs to raise £40,000 to keep going, which it hopes it will achieve with its Save Our Shopmobility JustGiving page.
The service has traditionally relied on grants from the local authority but council budget cuts mean that funding has dried up.
GND’s chairman, David Netherway, told a local newspaper that its reserves have been able to cover an £11,000 deficit in the first six months of 2019 but the money is running out.
GND’s usual funding methods of raffles and book sales do not generate enough income to make up for the reduced grants.
Mr Netherway told the North Devon Gazette: “The continued challenge of volunteer recruitment is reflected in our payroll costs – we need to maintain our current opening hours and not least because many of our volunteers have individual support needs themselves.”
In the last two years, North Devon Shopmobility has served nearly 400 people and is seeing an increase in overnight equipment hires.
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