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Cash boost helps Shopmobility service to run

Cash boost helps Shopmobility service to run.

Shoppers with limited mobility will be able to get out and about to pick up their Christmas presents thanks to a five-figure cash boost from Renfrewshire Council.

The £12,000 council donation will help fund the Shopmobility Paisley and District service, which operates in the town centre.

Shopmobility provide a range of wheelchairs and scooters, free of charge, to people with mobility issues who would otherwise struggle to get around the shops.

The charity – which is based in the Paisley Centre multi-storey car park in Storie Street – also provides volunteer escorts.

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Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Well-being Policy Board, was on hand to present the cheque to charity staff and service users.

He said: “For many people, even a quick trip to the shops can be a real challenge, and often they will have to rely on friends and family for transport and support.

“Services like this allow people with mobility issues to live with a greater degree of independence and to do so with confidence.

“The team behind Shopmobility do a great a job in their running of this excellent service and we are delighted to be able to help them do that.”

Shopmobility Paisley and District chairman Tommy Porter added: “We are a charity which helps people with mobility difficulties live with a bit more independence.

“This money will be used to meet our running costs and to pay for the maintenance of the scooters. We would like to thank the council as without it we couldn’t function.”

The service runs from 10am to 4pm on a Monday to Friday and 10am to 3pm on a Saturday.

For more information about the Shopmobility service, call 0141 889 0441 or email info@shopmobilitypaisley.org.