Council Vice Chairman recognised for national mobility scheme


alan gammon Arun District Council Vice Chairman received a national award at the British Healthcare Trade Association (BHTA) Centenary Awards Ceremony at the Park Plaza Riverbank in London on 30th November 2017.

Cllr Alan Gammon is Trustee of Littlehampton Shopmobility and was presented with the award 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 National Federation of Shopmobility UK (NFSUK) that now run and administer it from Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, it went on to become an online database and serves the UK nationwide.

The database aims to help prevent theft of mobility vehicles by individuals registering their vehicle with the scheme and attaching a unique identity number. The register enables National Mobility Register UK to work with police forces nationally to help recover vehicle and reunite them with owners, restoring independence and mobility.

Cllr Gammon said “This award came has a huge surprise. To receive recognition for something that mean so much to me is of course fantastic but what is more important is the recognition for the service this database provides and the difference it makes.”