Weeks of Action: Hadley’s story – how Changing Places can be a ‘Game Changer’ for disabled fans
Here we feature a special Weeks of Action blog from Sarah Brisdion, and how the addition of Changing Places toilet facilities can be a real ‘Game Changer’ for disabled fans, including her son Hadley.
Sarah set up ‘Hadley’s Heroes’ to campaign for Changing Places to be installed at all sports stadia, this is Hadley’s story:
What’s the best thing about going to a live sporting event?
The result? The atmosphere? The stadium or venue? The people you go with? The food?
What if I told you that for my family, the most important part of any sporting event was the toilet? You’d probably think I was a little strange. Because having a toilet we can use is something most of us take for granted right? Using the loo is a mundane, everyday inconvenience, but our needs are met so we don’t have to worry about toilets nor take much notice of them.
But, what if you went to a sporting event and the venue didn’t provide customer toilets? Would you notice the lack of them? You’d probably be outraged! After all, we all need to pee! Especially when we are eating and drinking.
For hundreds of thousands of disabled people, many sports venues are essentially loo-less.