January 21st, 11.30am
Riverside Car Park, Evesham
The custom built building where all sorts of scooters and mobility aids can be hired.
Well, you got to have a cake. It’s a party 🙂
which led to the cake cutting, assisted by founders, Sally Boulton and Jenny Perkins.
The Evesham Journal newspaper commented:-
A DECADE of helping people with disabilities gain access to Evesham will be marked by a Vale charity next week.
Evesham Riverside Shopmobility was founded by Jenny Perkins and Sally Boulton in 2000 after the pair set up an access group for disabled people. Its formation led to many dropped kerbs being installed in Evesham, but when more than 60 people attended the group’s first meeting, it was clear there was a need for something more.
Jenny and Sally established Evesham’s first Shopmobility centre with the help of grants from John Martin’s Charity and The Eveson Charitable Trust.
Now, 10 years down the line, the Bridge Street centre has more than 400 members, some of whom come to shop in Evesham from as far as Stow and Tamworth in order to use the services the charity offers.
Mrs Perkins, from Hampton, said she was thrilled with the success of the centre but added that staff and volunteers still had to work hard to raise the £25,000 needed for annual running costs.
She said: “We rely on donations – and people have been very generous. But it’s getting more of a struggle since the recession. It’s going to be a challenging year.”
Some of the friends and helpers of Evesham Shopmobility, which is one of my supported charities this year. They do a fantastic job. Well done all.