Mobility charity goes into business

A lifeline Barnstaple charity is beating its own credit crunch by going into business. Go North Devon Ltd has developed its own strategy to continue helping to keep its 2,500 registered members mobile in the town centre. As well as providing customers w

A "lifeline" Barnstaple charity is beating its own credit crunch by going into business.Go North Devon Ltd has developed its own strategy to continue helping to keep its 2,500 registered members mobile in the town centre.As well as providing customers with mobility scooters from its base at Barnstaple Bus Station, the charity has now launched a retail arm to ensure the service's future.A funding shortfall has meant the charity has had to use more than �10,000 from its reserves during the last three years.The Shopmobility Centre had to close its doors on Saturdays over a year ago due to the lack of funding. It now sells a range of living and mobility aids, with profits being ploughed back into keeping the Shopmobility and ring and ride services running.Officially launching the new retail service on Friday, North Devon MP Nick Harvey, said: "This organisation is an excellent example of a well-managed charity proactively seeking new and sustainable funding streams to keep core services running in the current financial climate when donations are falling."Manager Sharon Lynch said: "For the past 12 years 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."For more information telephone (01271) 328866 or visit the Shopmobility Centre in Albert Lane.


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