Centre base for shopmobility in heart of town

Fife Shopmobility: from left: Kath Robertson, assistant manager; Tom Gibson, support worker, Lynda McIlravie, volunteer and Phyllis McIntyre, manager
Fife Shopmobility: from left: Kath Robertson, assistant manager; Tom Gibson, support worker, Lynda McIlravie, volunteer and Phyllis McIntyre, manager
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A charity which provides a vital service to disabled people in Kirkcaldy has launched a new premises in the town’s main shopping complex.

Shopmobility, which already operates from a base in the Thistle Street car park, will now offer its services from a second outlet in The Mercat.

It means disabled shoppers can gain access to mobility equipment free of charge from the organisation’s new base at the old Candylicious sweet shop, next to Greggs.

The charity, which also operates in Glenrothes and Dunfermline, has been lending wheelchairs and scooters to disabled people for the past 22 years in Kirkcaldy.

Phyllis McIntyre, manager, believes the time is right to open up a second unit.

She told The Press: “We want to let people know that we haven’t relocated - we have just opened up in the Mercat, in addition to our base at the Thistle Street car park.

“We are still providing the same service we always have done, except we are now in the town centre. We are very accessible to customers using the bus station as well as being close to the dial-a-ride/ring and ride drop off point at Burtons.

‘‘We have been looking to move into the Mercat for the past year and a half, but it’s only now that everything has come together allowing us to open up in this unit.

“The timing is ideal as it is pre-Christmas so we are hoping to attract a lot of new customers.”

Phyllis said there are plans to hold an official launch on Saturday, November 2 when the unit will be opened by Laurie Mentiplay, the son of the late Alan Mentiplay who was a chairman of Fife Shopmobility for several years.

She said they were able to make the move thanks to the support of the charity’s partners Kirkcaldy4All, Kirkcaldy Area Committee as well as the owners of the Mercat, Mars Pension Trustees Ltd.

Phyllis added: “We welcome new and our regular customers to come along to our new base in the Mercat, we are all very excited to see how it works out.”