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New stairlift for Stroud Congregational Church

17th November 2014

Parishioners at Stroud Congregational Church have expressed their delight at the installation of a new stair lift. The church is situated above a function room on the first floor of the building, which made access difficult for a number of parishioners. Substituting a standard lift that had fallen into disrepair, the replacement stair lift has been specifically designed to wrap around the church’s stone spiral staircase.

Those in charge of the church in Bedford Street were ‘extremely shocked’ when they received quotes in excess of £25,000 for a new standard lift to replace the current unreliable one, which was beginning to be a health and safety risk. However, upon the discovery that a stair lift would prove to be a much cheaper option, which would be more beneficial to those visiting the well-used church, a quick decision was made to have one installed at the Stroud Congregational Church.

Deemed ‘fantastic’ by church volunteer and her team

The new curved stairlift was specially made to fit and meant that there would still be plenty of room for people to use the stairs, which are used regularly by those attending the church located on the first floor of the building. Stairlifts such as the Age UK 4000 can be fitted in a building and will hug the edge of a staircase, including spiral staircases such as in the Stroud Congregational Church, while providing a smooth and safe ride.

Kay Weaver, one of the church’s volunteers, praised the new stairlift and called it “fantastic”, as well as stating that she was grateful for “finding such a cost-effective solution to the access problem” experienced by the church goers. Those visiting the Stroud Congregational Church with mobility restrictions will now be able to attend services with ease thanks to the installation of the new curved stairlift.

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