Hordes of cyclists took to the roads around Angus to raise awareness for the Changing Places programme and raise funds for a special mobile toilet.
The Loo Tour de Angus attracted around 70 cyclists for three cycling events over the weekend in aid of PAMIS and their Changing Places programme which is campaigning to have toilet and changing facilities suitable for use by people with additional needs in all towns.
‘The Big One’ saw 26 cyclists bike 70 miles from Arbroath Abbey, around Angus’ four Changing Places toilets and back again. ‘The No.2’ was a 10 mile cycle starting from Dobbies at Ethiebeaton and ‘Just A Wee One’ was a short run at Arbroath foreshore, ending with a loo roll finish line at the Changing Place toilet at the Old Boatyard Restaurant.
Lois Speed has been campaigning for Changing Places for a number of years, her children Kein and Kelsey have additional needs.
She said: “The main aim was to raise awareness not money however people have kindly been sponsored and we have had many generous donations - all money going to Pamis changing places to help the with the cost of purchasing a mobile CP toilet that can be used and hired out to events & festivals up and down the country helping ensure that these types of occasions are fully inclusive and everyone’s toileting needs can be met.
“Non inclusive design and space have had a great impact on our lives and over that last 4-5 years lack of suitable toilet and changing facilities have been one of our biggest barriers and hurdles that we have had to try and overcome.
“I certainly aim now to keep raising awareness of CP toilets and the importance is inclusive design and space within our town centres and public buildings within Angus. Inclusion really does matter. With major reform and changes in health & social care there has never been a more crucial time for communities to come together and work together to bring about positive change.We all deserved to be valued and included and all has something meaningful and worthwhile to contribute into making the place we stay a happier place.”
Lois would like to thank everybody for their help in making the weekend a success.
She said: “There are so many people to thank, especially all our Loo Tour followers and supporters, family and friends, who have been on this Loo Tour journey with us.
“Angus Council & ANGUSalive, especially Montrose Leisure Centre and Disability Sport for supporting the event and the use of adapted bikes.
“Tesco were very generous with their donation of a year’s supply of toilet roll!
“Bar Central, Forfar Lunch Stop, Brechin’s Gardner Memorial Church hosted a toilet refreshment stop. Jurys Inn Glasgow donated a two night stay for the raffle; B&Q donated bathroom tiles to decorate; Radio North Angus joined us on the day; The Old Boatyard Restaurant supported the event; Zuglu drummers played on the day and all the various community groups who have supported and help promote this event.”