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Based in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, Hunts Shopmobility has reopened to enable elderly and disabled people to hire mobility scooters and wheelchairs as shielding measures begin to relax in England.

A self-funded charity scheme, Hunts Shopmobility allows people with reduced mobility to get out and about in their local area through loaning out essential mobility aids.

Mobility scooters and manual wheelchairs can be hired out on a daily basis or residents can become Hunts Shopmobility members for unlimited use of the mobility aids available.

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Closing its doors temporarily in March due to the UK lockdown, the mobility hire service has opened its doors again as restrictions in England begin to ease, with non-essential retail stores allowed to reopen on the 15th of June and shielding measures for clinically extremely vulnerable people starting to relax on the 6th of July.

Now, Huntingdon residents with restricted mobility, who may have previously been shielding from COVID-19, can use the mobility scooters and wheelchairs available for hire again.

Commenting on reopening the mobility equipment store, Celia Barden, who runs Hunts Shopmobility, told The Hunts Post: “It is with the generosity of the Freemans Trust , Hunts Forum, BID Huntingdon, Huntingdon Town Council and the two local Rotary clubs, who have all supported Hunts Shopmobility with grants over the past couple of months and years, that Hunts Shopmobility have been able to survive and reopen and they would like to thank them for their continued support.”

Many Shopmobility stores across England have seen their funding cut and less footfall over recent years, which has forced them to shut their doors for good.

Citing a fall in demand and a lack of funding as the main reasons for closure, Shopmobility Shrewsbury was forced to close last year. In 2018, Shopmobility Sheffield was also forced to close after Sheffield County Council stopped funding the mobility equipment scheme.

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