Thanks to the generosity of local people Concern Wadebridge has been able to purchase two brand new mobility scooters opening a world of opportunities to users.
A total of £4,000 was donated to the charity, which supports people over 50 and or have a disability, by Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.
It is a community grant where the money raised by the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.
The two scooters will become part of the fleet at Concerns Wadebridge’s Shop Mobility Centre which also has wheelchairs, boot scooters and walking aids.
Wadebridge Tesco Store Manager Sarah Guy said: “It is fantastic that Tesco is able to help the community and make a difference.”
The new scooters, which were purchased from Launceston Mobility Centre, have been adapted for comfort and durability whilst being used on the Camel Trail.
Nicola Barker from Launceston Mobility Centre Ltd said: “We are proud to be able to continue supporting Wadebridge Concern by providing equipment that enables local people as well as holiday makers to access and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Wadebridge.”
Concern Wadebridge, which is a member of the Shopmobility scheme, helps members of the local community to access Wadebridge, to go shopping, attend appointments and the new scooters can even go along the Camel Trail to Padstow or Bodmin and back again!
Concern Wadebridge Manager Andy Lyle added: “We are so grateful to Tesco and the local community for voting for us to receive this community grant. It will open a world of opportunities for people.
“We have had one grandmother who had been waiting for 17 years to fulfil her ambition of going along the Camel Trail with her granddaughter. It’s simple things like this that help to enrich people’s lives.
“We also loan equipment for people to take away on holiday or to use when visiting the Wadebridge area, again this can make a real difference to someone’s holiday meaning they can enjoy extra experiences with the whole family.”
There is a £5 Membership charge to cover Insurance and a daily charge (donation) of £5 for scooters, £3 for wheelchairs and walking aids.
Those using the equipment will need to go through a competence assessment and familiarisation instruction before using a mobility scooter. For more information call 01208 812392.