Cumbria

Kendal Shopmobility trader backing call

Businesses in Kendal are being urged to support the Shopmobility scheme to secure its future.

The charity, which hires out electric scooters to disabled shoppers, has managed to secure donations to keep it running until March.

It ran into financial troubles when a disabled parking concession scheme it ran for South Lakeland District Council ended, costing it £12,000 a year.

The charity said it hoped shops would pay £10 a month to support it.

The Hadfield Trust was one of the organisations which has given money to the scheme.

Funding streams

Alan Forsyth, from the trust, said: "This should benefit businesses in the area and we feel they should participate in helping."

Derek Armstrong, from the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, agreed that it provided a valuable service to the town.

He said: "We would hope that even in these difficult times local businesses will support the service."

Shopmobility manager Pam Flitcroft said if shops could give them £10 a month, it would help.

She said they were looking at plans to set up a centre for independent living, which would offer different services for people with disabilities and make more funding streams available.

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