THE Herne Bay Shopmobility charity has served the town’s people and visitors for the past 11 years. It was established as a community need to the town in 2003 and helped anyone with a mobility problem to gain access to all the tourist and leisure activities and attractions that Herne Bay has to offer. It provided scooters and wheelchairs, manual or powered, on hourly, daily weekly or longer-term rentals, with full instruction on usage of the equipment that the chant wished to hire.
Due to lack of support from customers and visitors, despite many efforts by staff and volunteers to improve usage, the management committee reluctantly agreed to close the Herne Bay office and cease the service from the end of January.Continued losses could not be covered by the support previously given by Canterbury City Council and other funders. Any local people wishing to have the opportunity to hire a scooter or wheelchair can now make contact with the Canterbury office of Shopmobilty at the Whitefriars car park (second floor). This is open six days a week from 10am to 4pm, when collection arrangements can be made. Call 01227 459689 for details.
We would wish to thank the city council and local traders fur their support over the past 11 years, and all customers who have enjoyed the friendly service while we were at Beach House and The South Rooms in Christchurch, Herne Bay. A great community service has been lost to the town, but the purchase of equipment by users seems to be one of the main reasons hiring is no longer a prime objective for people with mobility problems.
Chairman of trustees and management committee
Herne Bay Times, February 4th 2015