Call to take part in Newton Abbot's mobility scooter challenge

By Sam Hall in Charity

ENTRIES have opened for Newton Abbot’s annual Shopmobility Challenge which takes place next week.

The free event, ­organised by the town’s community transport association, allows able-bodied ­people to sample life from the seat of a mobility scooter.

Participants spend 45 minutes travelling through the town on a mission to see just how user friendly – or not – the area is.

En route they will answer questions and collect items from shops, finding out the physical barriers ­people in mobility scooters face.

Businesses and organisations are being invited to put forward an employee to take on the challenge and have a go at bagging a ­trophy.

Kay Yendall, the association’s manager, said: ‘Just set aside 45 minutes on August 16, it is a really ­worthwhile investment in your staff and our town as a whole.

‘At the same time

it is also quite ­lighthearted, so contact us on 01626 335775 for your time slot and take up the challenge!’

Previous winners include Wollen ­Michelmore, Subway, B&Q, Stardust and Thorntons.

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