Worthing Mayor Bob Smytherman and Mayoress Norah Fisher visited local charity Worthing Shopmobility on Wednesday October 9th.
They were joined by the Vice Chairman of West Sussex County Council Nigel Peters to help provide awareness of the valuable service Worthing Shopmobility provides.
Bognor Regis & Worthing Shopmobility Manager Marion Court said: “Worthing Shopmobility was taken over by Bognor Regis Shopmobility in 2009 to save the service from closure.
“We have increasingly had setbacks but continue to keep the service going.
“We provide low cost hire of mobility scooters, manual and powered wheelchairs so that people who have mobility problems whether temporary or permanent can get out and about, visit the town and local amenities that Worthing has to offer.”
In a customer survey over two months last year of the 80 customers that filled in the questionnaire the average spend amounted to £120 – amounting to £42,000 spent in the local area over the year.
Marion said: “Not only do we help the local economy, we are also providing a valuable service to our users, many of whom would not be able to get their own shopping, visit friends, enjoy lunch, or even do their own banking as well as dental, doctors and opticians.”
Worthing Shopmobility is a Registered Charity and is run by one Manager and Volunteers.
They are in need of some more volunteers to keep the service open and need some Trustees to join the Board.
Photograph courtesy of John Young Photography.