Flushed with success, an Arbroath mother is hoping to capitalise on 2014’s ‘The Loo Tour de Britain’ with a follow up next weekend.
The first ‘Loo Tour’ raised £10,624 and now organiser Lois Speed is asking people to take part in the follow up cycle run, ‘The loo Tour de Angus,’ which takes place over the weekend of September 24-25.
Lois hopes to raise awareness of the need for ‘Changing Places’ toilets to be installed and included in everyday public spaces and buildings. It is also hoped to raise funds for the charity PAMIS and buy a mobile changing places facility which can be taken to events.
Designed to be bigger and better than conventional accessible toilets, ‘changing places toilets’ are large enough to accommodate a wheelchair and up to two carers, ‘changing places’ standard fixtures of overhead hoist, peninsula toilet, basin and height adjustable changing bench.
Split over two days, people can sign up for ‘The Big One’ a 62-mile cycle, starting and finishing in Arbroath and taking in Montrose, Brechin, Forfar and Kirrie, all towns with ‘changing places’ facilities. On the Sunday there is ‘No. 2,’ a 10-mile cycle from Monifieth Dobbies to Arbroath seafront or ‘Just a Wee at No. 3,’ a 1.5-miler from Arbroath seafront to the harbour. There will be adapted bikes at the sea front and stalls at the harbour.
Lois said: “We believe it is essential that all new public and community buildings include at least one ‘changing place’ toilet in their plans and already existing buildings install one if they can.”
Lois is mother to teenagers Kelsey and Kein who, after losing much of their mobility to muscular dystrophy, require specially-equipped changing rooms each time they need to use the toilet.
Lois continued: “These facilities are virtually non-existent and we have to plan each and every outing in advance, because there’s no place the kids can use outwith the sports centres. Lifting without a hoist is just not an option, and lying on the floor is not only degrading, but for both Kelsey and Kein it would be physically impossible.”
For details find Loo Tour for Changing Places on Facebook.