04:45AM, Sunday 11 May 2014
Six new mobility scooters that are 'essential' to people with mobility problems have been purchased thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust.
The scooters are a much-needed addition to the 60 other manual and powered wheelchairs and scooters which are available to hire from the shopmobility offices in both Maidenhead and Windsor.
Shopmobility is part of the People to Places charity which helps provide transport to elderly and disabled people.
The grant has enabled the charity to replace old scooters and fund new ones to accommodate people of various sizes.
General manager of People to Places, Peter Haley, said: “For many people even the idea of walking short distances around the shops is a complete non-starter.
"The scooters mean they can get out and do their shopping, meet friends, and just continue to lead normal lives."
People can use the scooters for a day free of charge provided they have signed up to the £21 yearly People to Places membership fee.
The organisation will also be teaming up with the Royal Borough council to hold a workshop in Maidenhead Town Hall on June 12 to advise people how to use scooters safely and ensure it is an enjoyable experience.
Mr Haley said: "They want to feel happy that they will go out and have a good time and achieve what they want to achieve.
"The scooters give them that independence and make them feel valued."
Contact the Maidenhead Shopmobility office on 01628 543038 to book in advance.
All lines are currently blocked between Reading and London Paddington stations due to a person being hit by a train.