THE town’s Shopmobility service is still up and running but the search for funding to secure its future continues.
Disabled Information and Welfare Rights Centre (Dice), which runs the service from a base in the Port Arcades, was unsuccessful in its bid to operate a proposed council Shopmobility scheme.
But thanks to the support and donations, the charity is still alive.
Dice is no longer carrying out scooter repairs but says it is happy to provide customers with details of an independent, reliable repairer.
Police and Cheshire Trading Standards are currently investigating recent problems the charity had concerning scooter repairs and sales.
Dice, now run entirely by volunteers with a new chairman, company secretary and board members, has been given the backing of the Charity Commission and Companies House.
They say the charity acted correctly and expediently in bringing the problems to the attention of the relevant authorities.
Chairman Peter Kilfoyle said: ‘Unfortunately, Dice was not successful in its bid to run the proposed council Shopmobility which would have released some £17,000 of council funding and enable Dice Ltd to carry on.
‘We still provide welfare rights and benefit advice and information for the disabled and will continue to provide the Shopmobility service.
‘The advocates helped several thousand clients to receive nearly £730,000 in welfare benefit entitlements over the last few years, which is a great achievement for a small charity.
‘It is vitally important that we keep Dice Ltd open and continue to provide these much needed services.
‘People’s support is invaluable and we are very grateful for their donations, which are still very much needed and appreciated.’