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23 May 2017

Matthew's Story

Matthew is 16 years old, from Wrexham and enjoys doing lots of activities, like going to concerts or on day trips.

Matthew

But Matthew faces great difficulty when he wants to go out and do things – because he can never find a toilet that meets his needs.

" I have cerebral palsy and am quadraplegic. If there is not a toilet that meets my needs unfortunately we cannot go to that place.'
'It is very difficult and very restricting. Most of the time we have to 'make do', but it is extremely difficult, very uncomfortable for myself and to be quite honest a bit undignified."

Full story

Matthew is 16 years old, from Wrexham and enjoys doing lots of activities, like going to concerts or on day trips. But Matthew faces great difficulty when he wants to go out and do things – because he can never find a toilet that meets his needs.

"I have cerebral palsy and am quadraphlegic. I need a lot of support when I go to the toilet as I cannot stand or transfer out of my wheelchair on my own. I need enough room in the toilet for me and two carers, a hoist system and a height adjustable changing bench."

There are hardly any toilets that provide these facilities in the UK. This makes it extremely difficult for Matthew and his family to go out and about.

"If there is not a toilet that meets my needs unfortunately we cannot go to that place. It is very difficult and very restricting. Most of the time we have to 'make do', but it is extremely difficult, very uncomfortable for myself and to be quite honest a bit undignified."

Matthew, along with many others, desperately needs Changing Places toilets to be installed in public places. As Matthew explains, this would open up a whole world of possibility to him.

"If there were Changing Places toilets in public places it would make such a difference to me, in fact I would say it could be life changing. For some disabled people like myself it can mean the difference between getting out and living your life, or staying in."


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