Vandalism-hit Shopmobility reopens

The Shopmobilty hut in Peterhead
The Shopmobilty hut in Peterhead

Peterhead Shopmobility has reopened after repairs were completed to its ramp which was targated by vandals late last year.

The charity, which is based in the Maiden Street Car Park, lends wheelchairs, walking frames and electric scooters to members of the public with limited mobility, enabling them to use public transport and visit local shops and services.

Vandals struck at the end of October causing extensive damage to the ramp with the hand rail being partially torn down and graffiti written on the doors to the office. The police were made aware but at this point no arrests have been made.

Staff were able to marginally tidy up the damage and keep the office open while they waited for a joiner to fix the ramp.

However, the office was forced to close from January 30 until its reopening on February 16 while the repairs were taking place. This has prevented people from being able to access the valuable service and stopped people from being able to get out and about.

Sadly, despite the best efforts of the joiner to keep costs down, the damage has cost Shopmobility Peterhead more than £2,600.

Shopmobility co-ordinator Susanne Fraser said: “This is money which could have been spent on new equipment to improve our services and allow us to help a greater number of people, or trying to recruit new volunteers which are desperately needed.”

Anyone who requires the services of Shopmobility should visit the cabin in Maiden Street Car Park from Monday to Saturday 10am until 1.00pm or call 07748532242;

Anyone who would be interested in volunteering for Shopmobility Peterhead should contact Susanne Fraser on 01771 619191 or email admin@dialabus.org.uk.