Shopping Centre, the County Mall in Crawley, has been voted as the place with the best sign-posted changing places toilet, the Ryan Box.
The Changing Places is named after local boy Ryan Box who, alongside his mother Maria, presented the award to County Mall and Crawley Borough Council.
Changing Places aim to change lives by making lavatories across the country become more accessible, and 12 years on from its launch in 2006, there are now more than 1,100 facilities in the UK.
Councillor Peter Smith of Crawley Borough Council said, “As part of our overall town centre regeneration program, we sat back and looked at the wayfinding and branding for the whole of the town to make sure that the people that know what Changing Places are, are able to find them. Otherwise there is no point having them.”
To celebrate Changing Places Awareness Day, Aveso, sponsors of the Changing Places Campaign, launched a public vote for ‘The People’s Favourite’, ‘Best Sign-Posted’ and ‘Most Individual’ Changing Places toilets with hope that a celebration of the facilities will help to raise more awareness.
In the other categories, the Overall People’s Choice for the Best Changing Places Toilet was awarded to Sandcastle Waterpark in Blackpool and the Most Individual Changing Room is voted to be Inverness Airport.
Nic Bungay, director of campaigns, care and information at Muscular Dystrophy UK, which co-chairs the Changing Places Consortium, said: “Having access to a registered Changing Places toilet can make the world of difference to disabled people, giving them greater independence. But without enough of these facilities, more than a quarter of a million people with a disability are faced with the choice of not going out, or being changed on a toilet floor.”