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Shopmobility Moves Shop Thanks to Council Grant

Shopmobility relocation
Simon O’Rourke, of Ribble Valley Shopmobility, and Bridget Hilton, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s health and housing committee.
Published Thursday, 19 October 2017

Clitheroe’s popular Shopmobility has moved to new premises thanks to an £8,000 grant from Ribble Valley Borough council.

It has relocated to the former Peter Buckley Pharmacy in Railway View Road near the Ribble Valley Borough Council Offices car park.

As well as hiring mobility scooters and large items, such as hoists and turntables, it now stocks a range of living aids for sale, such as spill-proof cups, folding canes and walking sticks, wall-mounted key safes and pill cutters and crushers.

Shopmobility is run by Simon O’Rourke, who said the popular service, which he started 11 years ago from a single stall on Clitheroe Market, had outgrown its Lowergate premises.

He said: “The service is going from strength to strength and we desperately needed more space. Thanks to the generosity of Ribble Valley Borough Council, Ingham Building Contractors, Dawson’s and Peter Buckley Pharmacy, we have been able to relocate to the new premises and increase our stock of mobility aids for sale or hire.

“Residents are invited to pop in and see what we have to offer, or just for a brew and a chat, particularly if they fancy volunteering a bit of time each week, so that we can extend our opening hours!”

As well as offering affordable scooter and wheelchair hire, Shopmobility doubles as an information point, offering leaflets, information, advice and advocacy on disability issues.

Bridget Hilton, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s health and housing committee, said: “Shopmobility provides a much-needed and appreciated service to residents and Simon and his team of volunteers do a fantastic job.

“The council is committed to identifying individual and community needs, and responding where possible, and we are delighted to have supported Shopmobility.”

Ribble Valley Shopmobility is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, and further details are available on 01200 425028.

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