Hampshire charity purchases mobility aids from local retailer to modernise shopmobility fleet
Running the shopmobility service in Andover, charity organisation Unity, formerly known as Test Valley Community Services, has taken delivery of four new pieces of mobility equipment after raising funds from donations, purchasing the aids from Romsey-based A to B Mobility.
Providing the aids to shopmobility customers that require additional assistance with their mobility when shopping in the Hampshire town from its base at Andover’s Bus Station, Unity is also offering users that may require the devices for longer – such as those who have been injured temporarily – the opportunity to hire the devices for periods spanning days or weeks.
Terry Bishop, Chief Executive of Unity, told Love Andover: “We are delighted to be able to use donations received to purchase this new equipment which has given us the opportunity to clear out old stock which has been proving difficult to fix. These items enable us to provide the best possible service to our customers and for those thinking about hiring equipment for short term reasons.”
Using charitable donations, Unity purchased a new self-propelled manual wheelchair, an attendant-propelled manual wheelchair, a three-wheeled mobility scooter, as well as powered wheelchair, from retailer A to B Mobility, which will also service the equipment for Unity.
The charity is now preparing to launch an awareness campaign aimed at informing healthcare professionals about its short-term hire service, as well as holding an open morning on the 10th July to allow individuals to view and test the equipment, as well as receive training for using mobility scooters.