Shop­mo­bil­ity are wheely gen­er­ous

Team do­nate wheel­chairs to NHS

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North La­nark­shire’s Town Cen­tre Ac­tiv­i­ties team have kindly do­nated six self­pro­pelled wheel­chairs to the NHS.

The chairs, from Coat­bridge’s Shop­mo­bil­ity base, were ini­tially pro­vided for the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games, be­fore be­ing passed to Mon­k­lands to help peo­ple ac­cess lo­cal ameni­ties.

Due to the num­ber of elec­tri­cal scoot­ers at Shop­mo­bil­ity’s premises, the wheel­chairs have now been gifted to NHS La­nark­shire.

NHS ad­min­is­tra­tors Moira Agnew and Kelly Mel­drum believe the chairs will be put to good use at sev­eral health cen­tres and said: “Our health cen­tre in Air­drie will ben­e­fit from ex­tra wheel­chairs, as the cor­ri­dors are huge and some­times more than one is re­quired at the same time.

“These would help trans­port pa­tients with mo­bil­ity prob­lems and can also be used in other lo­cal­i­ties for emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.”

Shop­mo­bil­ity have 15 scoot­ers at their Coat­bridge de­pot and pro­vide free­dom for those with re­stricted mo­bil­ity.

Jean Rus­sell, who works at the Coat­bridge of­fice, said: “We’ve been here for nearly 16 years now. We don’t just give out scoot­ers to peo­ple though, it’s more than that.

“We train them up, phone them taxis, help with their shop­ping, of­fer them tea or cof­fee and lis­ten to their prob­lems.

“That’s one of the best things about work­ing here, it’s very so­cial and you can build good re­la­tion­ships.”

Jean con­tin­ued: “We had a bank of six wheel­chairs just sit­ting here.

“It was waste­ful as they can be put to bet­ter use else­where. Scoot­ers are the pop­u­lar choice around here.

“The NHS is a good choice be­cause it can help with trans­port pur­poses at hos­pi­tals.” Gra­ham Good, busi­ness man­ager at Town Cen­tre Ac­tiv­i­ties, added: “This is all about help­ing the less able. We have a large stock­pile and we are able to give peo­ple their free­dom for a while. That’s what peo­ple want and it’s a great ser­vice.”

Reg­u­lar cus­tomer Andy McGinty said: “I’ve been us­ing Shop­mo­bil­ity for a cou­ple of years and it’s magic.

“The staff are crack­ing and it al­lows me to get out and about.”

Donation TCA busi­ness man­ager Graeme Good with, from left, Jean Rus­sell, sit­ting, Kelly Mel­drum and Moira Agnew of NHS La­nark­shire

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