A new fully-accessible disabled toilet has opened in Retford town centre thanks to the success of the Retford Changing Places Campaign.
The campaign was founded by local mum Alison Beevers, who was increasingly frustrated by having to regularly change her disabled son on the floor of the car when they were out. She highlighted the fact that disabled toilets are simply unsuitable for many people’s needs.
She spent over two years campaigning for the facility and has helped to raise over £3,500 towards the ongoing running and maintenance costs of the facility.
The additional support provided by a Changing Places toilet includes a ceiling hoist, height adjustable changing bench and height adjustable wash basin.
Alison said: “We are absolutely thrilled to of helped bring this facility to Retford which will change the lives of many disabled people in the area.”
The £70k Changing Places facility, which is located next to the existing public toilets on Chancery Lane, had £46,000 of funding from Bassetlaw District Council, and contributions of £12,000 each from the Nottinghamshire Learning, Disability and Autism Partnership Board, and Nottinghamshire County Council.
It is open from Monday to Saturday from 8.00am to 5.00pm and on Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm and it is Radar Key operated.