A FOUNDING member of Ellesmere Port's Shopmobility scheme for disabled people has come out fighting to save it from closure.
Dave McFadden has thrown his weight behind the Pioneer campaign to save this vital service.
Shopmobility, which has bases in the Port Arcades and Cheshire Oaks, brings in hundreds of thousands of pounds in extra trade from disabled people across the UK.
Yet if it doesn't get urgent funding of £28,000 this year, it will wither and die. So far, the borough council has not offered any financial assistance.
Dave, who, with Flo and Tommy Rogers, founded DICE in 1987, went on to help introduce the Shopmobility service to the town, letting scooters and walking aids to hundreds of people a month.
He said: 'The closure of Shopmobility would be a tremendous loss to the community and it's unthinkable that it should come to that. It cannot and must not be allowed to happen.'
The closure of Shopmobility will also have a knock-on effect on DICE itself, where some staff will lose their jobs.
Mr McFadden, of Richmond Court, added: 'All the hard work done at DICE cannot go to waste.
'What the borough council fails to realise is that the services at DICE will need to continue if DICE is forced to close.'