Mum of wheelchair-bound youngster heads to the capital to campaign for disabled-friendly changing areas - The Leamington Observer

Mum of wheelchair-bound youngster heads to the capital to campaign for disabled-friendly changing areas

Leamington Editorial 26th May, 2018   0

THE MUM of a wheelchair-bound youngster has taken her campaign for disabled-friendly changing places to London.

Emily Naismith took part in a campaign calling for more changing places to be created across the country.

The mum-of-three from Leamington is often forced to change her six-year-old daughter Chloe, who has cerebral palsy, on toilet floors or in the back of her car due to the lack of changing areas available.

Recently Emily, alongside friend Francesca Anker, successfully campaigned for a changing place to be created in the Royal Priors. It is the second one in Warwick District with another in Shire Hall.




Emily is now backing a national campaign calling for more to be done.

She joined others to sit on toilets on busy Baker Street in London to raise awareness about the lack of changing facilities for those with disabilities.


She said: “Without these changing facilities many disabled people have three options – don’t go out, sit in their own urine or be laid on a disabled toilet floor on someone elses. It’s hardly ideal.

“More often than not we have to lay our loved ones on a dirty toilet floor to change their continence product. We are campaigning to make changing places, with a hoist and bench, mandatory so this doesn’t have to happen.”

Visit www.changing-places.org to find out more about the campaign.

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