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Struggling mobility service saved in complete overhaul

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A Shopmobility scheme that faced closure when it had its council funding cut has been completely revamped and replaced by a new service which features brand new equipment and a fresh, modern interior.

Lothian Shopmobility said it would have to close when West Lothian Council withdrew funding in January but it has now given way to the Mobility Shop, which has been provided by the shopping centre it is situated in.

The Mobility Shop has 12 new pieces of mobility equipment, including scooters, powerchairs and manual chairs.

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It is hoped that the new scheme and equipment will encourage a more inclusive shopping environment for people visiting The Centre in Livingston.

The Mobility Shop will officially launch next week in a ceremony led by a local MSP.

Patrick Robbertze, centre director at The Centre, Livingston said: “We are delighted to open the doors to our new Mobility Shop at The Centre, Livingston today.

“Our aim is to ensure people with disabilities and limited mobility can shop and use our facilities independently and in the easiest way possible.

“We’ve listened to our shoppers and are confident that our newly revamped Mobility Store will be warmly welcomed and enhance their overall visit to the mall.”

The new Mobility Shop will also provide a service for parents, carers and grandparents to hire children’s buggies.

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