Published:
May 7, 2015
Red Cross launches new moibility aids service in Burnham-On-Sea

The British Red Cross in Burnham-On-Sea has launched a new collection service for people who need a mobility aid, such as a wheelchair or walking frame, to help them regain their independence after an illness or accident.

The service is being run on a trial basis in the town following the closure of the Red Cross mobility aids shop in Victoria Street last year, as we reported here.

The service will work on an appointment basis with members of the public collecting their equipment from a care home in the Esplanade area of the town.

Nick Greenhalgh, Red Cross mobility aids co-ordinator, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We closed the mobility aids centre in Burnham-on-Sea at the end of last year because the lease came to an end and the building was no longer fit for our purposes."

"At the time we appealed to local organisations to get in touch if they had a space we could use on an occasional basis to store equipment and hold appointments with members of the public and a local care home has kindly obliged."

"The new location is in the esplanade area and has good parking. Our volunteers from the previous centre are back with us providing the service so we’re really grateful to them for sticking with us."

Items available to borrow include walking frames, wheelchairs, raised toilet seats and commodes and crutches.

Appointments can be arranged on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings between 10am and 1pm by calling the Red Cross on 01823 273746.

If people need a mobility aid outside the Burnham-On-Sea collection times they can visit the Red Cross centres in Bridgwater and Taunton or arrange for items to be delivered for a small fee.

To make an appointment to collect mobility aids in Burnham-On-Sea or book a delivery (for a small fee) call 01823 273746. There is no charge for borrowing items but the Red Cross invites people to make a donation.

To find out more about the Red Cross please visit redcross.org.uk.

 


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