Shopmobility service founded by Thornbury man celebrates new funding

October 01 2018

Gloucestershire is celebrating not only its 15th anniversary but also new funding from benefactors which will secure its future.

Shopmobility South The charity, which provides scooters and wheelchairs for hire, was founded by the late Keith Holloway who was married to town councillor Shirley Holloway. 

It aims to help people with limited mobility to retain their independence, and hundreds have registered over the years. Annual users’ surveys have shown that people feel less isolated and are able to be more sociable because of Shopmobility. 

The charity has recently successfully obtained new funding from Tesco's, The Sobell Trust, the local councillors’ MAF grants scheme, the Co-op Local Community Fund, and the South Gloucestershire Challenge amongst others. It’s previously attracted financial support from South Gloucestershire Council, The National Lottery, and local parish and town councils. 

Vice Chairman David Bell, a founding Trustee since 2004, said: " We are delighted with the new funding and are looking forward to the future with great confidence. We make such a positive difference to people's lives."

The service is based in Yate library and helps people in South Gloucestershire and beyond. People with a South Gloucestershire Diamond Card can use it. It’s holding its AGM on the 4th October 2018 at 3 pm in Yate Library, 15 years after the first meeting was held to set it up. 

If anyone is interested in donating or considering leaving a legacy they should contact Shopmobility.  The office is open Tues and Friday 9.30am to 4pm, Thursday and Saturday 9.30am to 2pm. 

Alternatively call 01454 868718 or 07999574474 or email