The British Red Cross Disabled Living Centre is to close in Stamford

The British Red Cross Disability Living Centre in Stamford
The British Red Cross Disability Living Centre in Stamford
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Disabled or injured people will have to rely on a home delivery service for short-term loans of wheelchairs and mobility equipment.

The British Red Cross Disabled Living Centre in Ryhall Road, Stamford, will close on March 31.

The service, which offers temporary use of mobility equipment along with help and advice, is provided under contract to Lincolnshire County Council.

But from April 1 the council is reorganising its whole wellbeing service. As a result, the Stamford Red Cross centre will close.

People will either have to use a home delivery service or travel to an alternative centre in Grantham.

Stamford town councillors raised concerns about the closure at a meeting on Tuesday.

Coun Harrish Bisnauthsing (Lib Dem) said he was worried about the impact on Stamford residents. He added: “It’s important that we should maintain a service here.”

Coun Maureen Jalili (non-aligned) said she had used the service before, adding: “A lot of people will be at risk of 
not being able to have appliances on temporary or long-term loans.”

Councillors resolved to write to the county council asking for clarification on the service. They voted to express in the strongest terms their concerns about the potential impact on Stamford residents if it was not replaced.

British Red Cross senior service manager for independent living in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire, reassured Stamford residents they would still have access to some services.

She said: “While changes to Lincolnshire County Council’s services will mean the closure of the Disabled Living Centre on Ryhall Road in Stamford, we will continue to offer short-term loan of wheelchairs and other mobility equipment to local residents.”

People can call 0845 054 7171 to arrange the delivery of a wheelchair or other mobility aids directly to their home.

The county council’s head of service at adult care, Ruth Cumbers, said the new wellbeing service would be comprehensive. She added: “We’re working closely with the Red Cross to ensure a seamless process for all.

“The new service, designed to keep people safe in their own homes, will include things like minor home adaptations such as grab rails, along with Telecare equipment and monitoring.”