Shopmobility charity says use it or lose it
A CHARITY that provides a lifeline for disabled shoppers is on the brink of closure.
Shopmobility enables people who find it physically difficult to get about to visit shops in the city centre by hiring out wheelchairs and scooters.
However, volunteers at the store in the Princes Quay shopping centre say the charity will be lucky to survive until Easter after a noticeable drop in users.
The problems started when the shop was moved from a more prominent busy part of the centre to a quieter area last July.
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Dennis Porter, vice-chairman of the Hull group, said: "We are very grateful to Princes Quay for the help they give us because they don't charge the charity rent.
"However, when they moved us, we noticed a big drop in users.
"We used to have about seven or eight users come in per day and now we only see about two people a day.
"It would be drastic if we had to close. People do rely on us, it would affect a lot of people and be a real shame."
The shop has now started selling equipment to raise funds and is selling three scooters and two wheelchairs.
However, the costs of buying equipment, maintaining it and securing insurance cover are still mounting.
Mr Porter said: "We need more people to come and hire the equipment and we could also do with people raising money for us and some form of sponsorship."
Shopmobility is now located on the top floor of the shopping centre.
The cost of hiring equipment is £2 per day to members, who pay £5 per year to join.