THE new branch of a mobility scooter charity for the elderly is now open for business.
Shopmobility – which provides scooters for those who find it hard to get around – has opened in Lee-on-the-Solent.
The charity expanded after its success in Gosport High Street and thanks to grants from the council and lottery.
It rents out mobility scooters for a nominal fee of 3 for three hours, so infirm and elderly people can get around the shops more easily.
Peter Carroll, vice chairman of Shopmobility, said: 'People really enjoy the freedom that a scooter or wheelchair gives them as otherwise, many of them can't get out and about.
'In Gosport the scooters are particularly popular on Tuesday and Saturday when the market is in town, but with a growing elderly population in Lee-on-the-Solent we wanted to do something for the people in that area too.'
The outlet is based in Solent Mobility in the High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent, which has provided an area of its premises for free.
It has opened after Mr Carroll secured 6,487 from the lottery and a 2,100 grant from Gosport council.
Councillor Peter Chegwyn, chairman of the council's grants sub-board, said: 'I'm delighted that Gosport council agreed to give the grant towards the cost of new scooters and wheelchairs.
'Shopmobility provides an essential service to those who need help to get around.
'Without these scooters and wheelchairs many elderly and infirm residents would be housebound and unable to do their own shopping.'