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Tata Steel donation to Shopmobility unit gives charity new lease of life

A donation from Steel giant Tata Steel has helped Chester based charity DIAL shop mobility to stock their unit in the city centre with independent living aids for disabled and vulnerable people living in the wider Cheshire area.

The Shopmobilty unit in Chester city centre hires out mobility aids including wheelchairs, mobility scooters and walking aids to the public, providing a vital service enabling disabled and vulnerable people to live as independently as possible.

Bill Duckworth, Site Manager for Tata Steel in Shotton was one of eight volunteers who also renovated the inside of the Shopmobility unit in readiness for the grand re-opening and also organised a generous donation to re-stock the premises.

Bill said;

I have been familiar with DIAL West Chester for a number of years. When I was approached to help them renovate I was more than happy to rally some troops from the Shotton site.

It is such a worthwhile charity, providing a vital service in the community local to our site.

The team and I were so pleased to see how our handy work had really helped transform the inside of the shop – It’s such a simple thing to do but it has a massive impact.

Keith Roper, Chief Officer for Dial West Cheshire adds

We would like to express our thanks to Bill Duckworth and his team from Tata Steel, Shotton, who decorated the interior of the centre and provided a generous donation to help stock the new shop.

Cllr Razia Daniels, Deputy Lord Mayor of Chester was on hand to officially open DIAL Shopmoblity unit and praised the team from Tata Steel for giving their time to transform the shop.

She also announced that she had chosen DIAL West Cheshire as one of her three nominated charities when her tenure as Mayor of Chester begins later in the year.