|NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR LITTLEHAMPTON SHOPMOBILITY|
| Receiving the award, Alan pictured with ||30th November '17 A remarkable evening was had by Littlehampton Shopmobility when trustee Alan Gammon received a national award at the BHTA’s Centenary Awards Ceremony, Park Plaza Riverbank in London. It was presented by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson in recognition for outstanding contribution for the work that went into the early development of what is now the National Mobility Register (NMR). The initial database that he compiled and piloted in Littlehampton in 2015 was further developed by the NFSUK that now run and administer it from Wellingborough, it went on to become an online database and serves the UK nationwide. For each scooter registered, the NMR will give a £6 donation to the local Shopmobility shop near to where they live. The award also credits Littlehampton Shopmobility that was a part of the project's early development. Mrs June Caffyn the manager of Littlehampton Shopmobility, received a framed 'Highly Commended' certificate of the shop being once again shortlisted in being one of the top four of the Tom Hillier Award 2017..|
Mr Butterworth a highly respected retired school teacher that taught at the academy, recently passed away. Much loved by his pupils he was renown for wearing a colourful bow tie and was a regular customer at the shop.
Later in life he used a mobility scooter and the family kindly donated it to Littlehampton Shopmobility. June our manager who's daughter Hayley many years ago attended the then Littlehampton Community School, and knew Mr Butterworth said, "Everyone knew him as Mr B". June lost no time and had a plate made up to name the scooter. She then found a local charity that was donated his bow tie collection, bought a few, and tied one to the newest scooter in our fleet, Mr B. A lasting memorial to this highly respected honourable gentleman.
|ALL CHANGE AT THE TOP!The 2017 AGM marked the third year in succession of another good year for Littlehampton Shopmobility. We continued to deliver high quality services to the public at an affordable price. Over the past few years we made many changes for the better and forged a sound base line to carry the charity well into the future. To have achieved this would not have been possible if not for the dedication of our staff and volunteer workers which is greatly appreciated. June and Teresa are an asset to the charity to who we are grateful. I have completed three years as chairman and in accordance with the constitution I have stepped down to make way for Vicky Rhodes whom I am sure will carry on and also bring new ideas to the board. For me, there is still a number of things that I wish to bring to fruition and will continue on the board. I wish Vicky all the best for another successful year ahead.||Alan Gammon handing over the reins to the new Chairman Vicky Rhodes.|
REGISTRATION SERVICE NEWS, We are pleased that the mobility scooter registration service that we piloted from July 2015 was launched on 28th March '17 at the NEC in Birmingham and has now become the National Mobility Register (NMR). All scooters that were previously registered are in the new national register so there is no need for anyone to re-register.
By popular demand The Benjamin Gray Story eBook on Amazon Kindle has been re-released and is available by clicking on the cover picture.
The 19th century story tells of when Benjamin Gray grew up in Littlehampton, married Eliza and set out on an epic voyage to Australia and founded a new village and named it Littlehampton.
As the story unfolds it becomes quite unbelievable what this young family had achieved and the story has quite an unpredictable ending. Enjoy!
All proceeds of the sale of the eBook will be donated to the charity.