The Brighter Future Workshop in West Lancashire is appealing for help to secure £50,000 to keep its doors open, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Based in Skelmerdale, the charity has helped to train over 350 in mechanical and engineering skills, which is used to service, restore and repair mobility scooters and accessories, which are then sold on.
The charity are hoping local businesses will step up to help them by providing corporate sponsorship, or that groups or individuals could sponsor a member of the team, be that trainer or trainee.
Brighter Future Workshop has until August to locate the funds, otherwise they could face closure. They have provided over 120,000 hours of training and refurbished over 35,000 pieces of mobility equipment to help not only their employees but disabled people in West Lancashire. While the charity have been without funding for three years, they have managed to earn 92% of their total costs, but the last 8% they require to be sustainable equates to a massive £100,000.
Peter Cousins MBE, the charity’s chairman, told the Liverpool Echo: “Local people can support us by buying the mobility equipment they need directly from Brighter Future. There are potentially 28,000 people with disabilities or long term needs in West Lancs. In buying from Brighter Future you will enable us to connect support these young disabled people to have better lives.”
If you can help the Brighter Future Workshop, call them on 01695 724361.