Mobility charity goes into business

IN a bid to beat its own credit crunch, Go North Devon is going into business. The charity provides the ring-and-ride and shopmobility services that enable people with mobility problems to get into Barnstaple town centre. For the past three years these s

IN a bid to beat its own credit crunch, Go North Devon is going into business. The charity provides the ring-and-ride and shopmobility services that enable people with mobility problems to get into Barnstaple town centre.For the past three years these services have been hard pressed for cash. More than �10,000 has been taken from reserves to keep the operations going - and with reserves getting low this was a situation that could not continue, said manager Sharon Lynch.The Shopmobility Centre also had to close its doors on Saturdays over a year ago due to the lack of funding. The committee of the charitable organisation, which has been providing services for more than 17 years, decided that a new way of raising funds was needed to ensure the service's future.So it has launched a new retail venture, selling a range of living and mobility aids from the Shopmobility Centre in Barnstaple. Profits will be ploughed back into keeping the shopmobility and ring and ride services running. Sharon said: "For the past 12 years and on a daily basis we have turned away hundreds of people who have wanted to purchase a variety of mobility and/or living aids, signposting them to other retailers in the area. However, we can now sell the products ourselves and help sustain our core services, which benefit many in the local community."Other local businesses are giving a helping hand.Local mobility specialist Adaptacar from South Molton has supported the new venture by offering advice in setting up the new business and M & E Alarms is providing CCTV equipment at cost price, with free installation. For further information telephone (01271) 328866 or call into the Shopmobility Centre, Albert Lane, Barnstaple.


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