9 Oct 2017
Aylesbury Shopmobility has marked two decades in the town, with a special anniversary celebration.
Customers and supporters of the service, which is provided by Aylesbury Vale District Council, were
at the event on 6 October, at the Shopmobility base in the Upper Hundreds car park.
Aylesbury was one of the pioneers of the scheme, offering free use of wheelchairs, scooters and
walkers in the town centre. It’s available to anyone struggling with mobility issues, such as disability,
injury and pregnancy. The equipment can also be hired for use elsewhere, including holidays, for a
charge and deposit.
Guests at the anniversary event described the huge difference the service had made to their lives.
Sheila Payne from Steeple Claydon, who has Multiple Sclerosis, was one of the first customers when
it launched and is still using it today. She said, “It’s been life-changing. It’s given me the
independence and mobility to do everyday things that everyone else takes for granted.”
Aylesbury Shopmobility is run by a team of officers and is open six days a week. It has twice been
recognised as being the best provision in the country. Maria Garbutt who’s worked there for three
years said, “It’s an absolute privilege to provide this invaluable service to our customers. They are
lovely people and we think of them as our friends.”
Chairman of AVDC, Cllr Sue Renshell, who was also at the anniversary, said “Aylesbury Shopmobility
is a fantastic free service that helps some of the most vulnerable members of our community. I’m
delighted that AVDC is able to support it and am honoured to be helping it celebrate two decades in
For more on Shopmobility visit https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/shopmobility-aylesbury