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Shopping will be a bit easier for many people after AWE has made a donation of £200 to Shopmobility Basingstoke.
This will help to continue the upkeep towards a scooter which AWE purchased on behalf of shopmobility two years ago. The charity aims to give those with mobility challenges better access to town centre facilities.
Shopmobility Basingstoke provides powered scooters and electrical or manual wheelchairs for hire to improve access to Basingstoke Town Centre and Festival Place, as well as for longer term loans for holidays and weekends away.
The service users pay an initial £6 registration fee and are then charged £3.50 for each subsequent visit. All users have a short training session prior to their first trip to get them comfortable using the controls.
Anne Blackmore, manager of Shopmobility Basingstoke, said: “We are a charitable business with the sole aim of helping people with reduced mobility to get around the town centre better.
“Since opening in December 1997, the number and type of vehicles has increased to meet customer demand.
“We are extremely grateful to AWE for its continued support through the vehicle purchase and maintenance programme.”
Michele Maidment, secretary of the AWE Community Committee said; “We’re so pleased we are able to help such a valuable and important local charity in this way. This charity is also supported by staff, who carry out a number of fundraisers to assist them. One member of staff recently completed an abseil on their behalf. The scooter may be small and compact but it makes a difference to a large number of people on a daily basis.
“We enjoy fostering strong relationships where we can, and we are committed to helping local and national charities with donations, sponsorship and practical help.”
Anne Blackmore, manager Basingstoke Shopmobility, with scooter user Mike Levett, and Michele Maidment, secretary of the AWE Community Committee
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