A CHARITY which helps people get around the town celebrated its 21st birthday this week.

Chorley Shopmobility, supported by Chorley Council, provides wheelchairs and motorised scooters for people not just with disabilities, but for all people who struggle to get about.

It was opened on 29 November 1995 by the then Mayor of Chorley, Councillor George Birtill, and the current Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Doreen Dickinson was on hand to cut the cake at the celebrations this week (Tuesday 29 November).

Councillor Danny Gee, who is a trustee of Chorley Shopmobility, said: “It took over three years of hard fundraising before the unit could open and when it did open, it had four scooters, four wheelchairs and 260 people registered.

“Now we have 15 scooters for people all weights and a very large selection of wheelchairs suitable for children and adults, and our registration is now over 4400!

“We believe that people with any mobility difficulties whatsoever have the right to get out and about, whether it’s a disability, someone who’s pregnant, or someone with a broken leg. Our aim is to help everyone to come to Chorley meet friends, have a cup of tea/coffee, do their shopping etc instead of sitting at home and this is something that we are proud to have achieved - and it will also have helped with Chorley’s economy by enabling more people to come into the town centre.”

Chorley Shopmobility is a non-profitmaking registered charity which is based at the Flat Iron car park and is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 9.30am to 1pm (closed Wednesdays). Scooters are also available from Chorley Interchange Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.