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Mother demands toilet changes

A Lancashire mum is campaigning for better public toilets after being forced to change her disabled children on dirty floors.

Rosemary McLean, of Barton, near Preston, says a lack of proper facilities means she finds it hard to go out and about with Christian, 23, and Hollie, 20, who have learning disabilities.

She is now working to highlight the need for changing facilities for people with disabilities.

Rosemary, 52, said: "We've had horrendous and deeply distressing experiences of using inadequate toilet facilities.

"Changing Hollie and Christian on dirty toilet floors puts their health at risk, especially as they both have a gastrostomy – a peg into their stomach – so they're at huge risk of infection."

Mark Goldring, chief executive of Mencap, said: "Every time a carer is forced to change a disabled family member on a dirty toilet floor is a stain on the conscience of our country.

"We need the support of the public to ensure the government makes Changing Places toilets mandatory in all new big public places."

There's a petition at http://www.mencap.org.uk/changelives

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