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Arbroath man Grant Speed has undertaken his second fundraising challenge of a charity head shave.

This follows the completion of his gruelling, five-day 370 mile cycle in July 2014 to raise funds for changing facilities for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in his hometown.

Grant has seen the difficulties his sister Lois faces when she takes her son and daughter, Kien and Kelsey, out for the day.

Inspired by the work of PAMIS, the University of Dundee-based charity campaigning for ‘Changing Places’ toilets to enable anyone to use the facilities in comfort and safety.

“I have seen the constant battle that Lois and my niece and nephew have, trying to access a suitable changing facility when they are out and about for the day,” said Grant.

“Having seen the work done by PAMIS and the Changing Places campaign, I want to raise money to build a Changing Places Toilet in Arbroath.

“Lois believes this would not only benefit her son and daughter but many other individuals, families and carers who face similar difficulties.

“This is a basic need that should be met to help ensure that people no longer have to plan trips around distance of a local sports centre where toilet and changing areas are not always suitable or available.”

Designed to be bigger and better than conventional accessible toilets, these toilets are large enough to accommodate a wheelchair and up to two carers, with ‘Changing places’ standard fixtures of overhead hoist, peninsula toilet, basin and height adjustable changing bench.

PAMIS and MENCAP are leading the Changing Places, Changing Lives campaign, but there are almost 20 organisations which together form the Changing Places Consortium.

They have been lobbying local authorities to ensure that at least one public toilet built to Changing Places standard is provided within the centre of each town with a population greater than 15,000 and within each new larger publicly accessible building and complex.

The campaign has been working for several years to get these standards included in the building regulations foreach new public building such as shopping centres, concert halls, railway stations etc.

Without Changing Places toilets, people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as people with physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy are forced to stay at home or their family carers have to resort to changing them on dirty toilet floors.

Grant and his supporters have already raised more than £9663.28 towards the target of £10,000.

Help Grant reach his target by visiting https://lootourdebritainforchangingplaces.everydayhero.com/uk/grantspeed