Savage cuts hit service

Hartlepool Shopmobility manager Fiona Campbell (right) with service user Linda Shields.

Hartlepool Shopmobility manager Fiona Campbell (right) with service user Linda Shields.

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A CASH-STRAPPED town charity which helps more than 7,000 disabled people every year has had to axe its service by half after falling victim to savage funding cuts.

Hartlepool Access Group Shopmobility, based in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, currently runs six days a week – at a cost of £80,000 per year – providing disabled people with shopping aids, and vital information.

Hartlepool Shopmobility manager Fiona Campbell (right) with service user Linda Shields.

Hartlepool Shopmobility manager Fiona Campbell (right) with service user Linda Shields.

But due to funding drying up, the organisation is having to lay off two of its four staff members and cut its service to just three days a week from next Tuesday.

 

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