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Purbeck Mobility

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The business now trading as Purbeck Mobility Ltd, was originally named Lifewheels when it was founded in 2004 by the Wareham and District Development Trust, a local charity. The WDDT realised that there were many people living and visiting the Purbeck’s who would benefit from a local source of expert advice and products to help them and their carers cope with their disabilities. Initially staffed by a team of volunteers, the shop was an immediate success and the product range extended to include mobility scooter and wheelchair hire using the national Shopmobility scheme. Quite soon after, it was realised that the business needed a full time manager and in due course Bob Richardson, formerly a professional photographer, was appointed.

In the autumn of 2008, WDDT decided that Lifewheels had developed beyond their original goals and that it would be better run independently of the charity. Bob and his business partners formed Purbeck Mobility Ltd and successfully bid for the business.

Purbeck Mobility Ltd acquired the business on 26th June 2009. The very first action was to become an accredited member of the Dorset NHS ICES scheme. In the same way that pharmacists dispense medicines, health professionals working with the ICES scheme prescribe equipment to disabled people to enable them to live more comfortably in their homes. Bath grab rails, fittings to raise the height of beds and chairs and walking frames are just a few items from an extensive catalogue.

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