A campaign to raise awareness of the need for Changing Places facilities is set to make its biggest splash yet next month when the mother behind the PantsDown4Equality drive will sit on a loo – “live, trousers down, on the throne for the public” – in a London Bathstore window for an entire day.
Sarah Brisdion, who has a disabled son and is frustrated at the lack of suitable Changing Places facilities in the UK, has already gained national media attention after she took a series of photos of herself on a toilet in the run-up to Christmas.
Now, Ms Brisdion wants to gain even more momentum for her campaign, which hopes to encourage businesses and authorities to invest in Changing Places.
Each Changing Places facility features a range of specialist bathroom adaptations including a ceiling hoist, adjustable height sink, adjustable height changing bench, a WC and ample room for multiple carers.
On the 11th May a Bathstore site on Baker Street in London will aim to attract members of the public and national press. The Bathstore only recently made its jump into the accessible bathroom market but is looking to expand its market presence.
Ms Brisdion wrote on social media, “I will be sitting on the loo in the shop window of the Bathstore on Baker Street, London, along with some wonderful friends (including Samantha Renke Daniel White Mum On A Mission Fraser & Friends Emma Spagnola Emily Naismith) to raise awareness of Changing Places toilets. That’s right, live, trousers down, on the throne for the public!
“Why? Because disabled people like my son, who need a little help in accessing the toilet, cannot use standard accessible loos. Without a bench and hoist, they have to lie on filthy toilet floors to have continence items changed and be lifted dangerously. This is something that so desperately needs talking about and that desperately needs to change.”
Other social media campaigns have also grabbed national media attention in recent months, including one user who launched a pledge for supermarkets to invest in Changing Places after her photo of unsuitable changing conditions went viral.