CROWDFUNDING has led to the opening of a fully-accesible public toilet and changing facility on Worthing seafront.
The Changing Places public toilet is in part the result of the tireless fundraising by Laura Moore, whose own six-year-old son William suffers from cerebral palsy and is a wheelchair user.
It also received support from Worthing residents, Worthing and District Scope and Worthing Borough Council.
As part of the major refurbishment of the toilet block opposite The Dome in Worthing, the Changing Places toilet will now provide disabled users access to a public toilet and changing facility without them having to negotiate or compromise on complex mobility or privacy needs.
At the beginning of 2015 Worthing Borough Council announced plans to refurbish a toilet block on the seafront as an accessible facility for disabled members of the public. Laura immediately set up a Crowdfunding campaign to support the refurbishment and raised an impressive £6,286, from 211 donations in just 28 days. Worthing & District Scope also generously contributed £10,000 to the project.
Laura said: “Disabled people face huge disadvantages throughout their daily lives but having to lie on a filthy toilet floor in this day and age is not something anyone should be forced to endure regardless of their ability. This Changing Places facility will make so much difference to families like mine and I hope that other councils will see how essential a facility like this is and in time will ensure that all disabled facilities are fully accessible regardless of how severe your disability.”
Councillor Clive Roberts, executive member for the environment at Worthing Borough Council, added: “It is a great example of Worthing Borough Council and the local community coming together. Once again the generosity of Worthing residents is in the spotlight, as is the great work of Worthing & District Scope and the impassioned fundraising of Laura Moore.
“I want everyone to feel welcome in Worthing, and the ongoing investment in our town and the modern refurbishment of our facilities means all will be made to feel more comfortable and confident when visiting our town centre or our beautiful seafront.”
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