Appeal launched to raise cash for mobility scooter

Shopmobility Melton Mowbray co-ordinator Sarah Kirk poses with some of the donated secondhand goods which will help raise money for a new motorised scooter EMN-150130-155537001

Shopmobility Melton Mowbray co-ordinator Sarah Kirk poses with some of the donated secondhand goods which will help raise money for a new motorised scooter EMN-150130-155537001

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Fundraising volunteers are appealing for Melton people to donate secondhand goods to help them pay for a new mobility scooter for town centre visitors.

Shopmobility Melton Mowbray is regularly inundated with requests to use its equipment by people who are able only to walk short distances.

Manual wheelchairs and walkers can be hired from the organisation’s unit in the St Mary’s Way car park.

There are also 13 motorised scooters but more are needed to cope with demand.

Items such as clothes, shoes, bags, toys and books are being collected for a car boot sale and market stall, which it is hoped will raise £1,000 to pay for a new scooter.

Sarah Kirk, co-ordinator for Shopmobility Melton Mowbray, said: “We just don’t have enough scooters for those who want them.

“We are busy most days and on Tuesday market days they al go out first thing and when they are handed back in they go straight out again.”

Shopmobility is a not-for-profit organisation staffed mainly by volunteers.

It has signed up 550 members paying £5 to join. People then pay £3 to hire a piece of equipment.

Sarah added: “Our user numbers are increasing rapidly because people have more confidence in using them.

“People recovering from illness or injury use them as well as older people.”

Donated goods for the new motor scooter can be dropped off at the Shopmobility unit between 8.30am and 2.30pm on Tuesdays or from 9.30am to 1.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.