Wheelchair Loan Service Helps Bankside PAOs Go Further [11 November 2012]

Residents of a sheltered housing complex in Bankside can now take advantage of a wheelchair loaner service to help them enjoy life in central London.

The program was designed by Lucy Brown House resident Jean Harding – herself in a wheelchair – who applied for funding from United St Savior’s Charity to purchase two chairs that are available to other residents.

Because the residents of Lucy Brown House live independently, some tenants with limited mobility were unable to obtain wheelchairs because they had no one on hand to push them.

Now residents who do not need a full-time wheelchair but want to enjoy an excursion with their friends and family can take advantage of the program.

The wheelchairs were unveiled last week by Sophia Appleby of Blackfriars Settlement and Matthew Allgood of United St Savior’s Charity.

Sophia provided advice on the safe use of wheelchairs on the street.

Guests at the unveiling ceremony included Cathedral Quarter Councilor David Noakes and staff from HSBC and City Pharmacy in Borough High Street. Better Bankside – whose corporate social responsibility program supported the activities of Lucy Brown House – was also represented.

Many of the people and groups now involved with life at Lucy Brown House were brought together by Southwark Cathedral Community Outreach Officer Marion Marples.

• The Southwark Council Office recently agreed to reintroduce a day care service in all sheltered housing units in the borough.

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