“We launched The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity in August 2013, celebrating Josh’s 13th Birthday, with the dual aims of providing financial help and advice & support to children with brain tumours and post surgery disabilities, as well as making the world ‘changing friendly.’
We’ve always talked about the ‘changing’ issue. As he’s got older and bigger – he’s 13 now – Josh doesn’t fit onto the baby-sized changing benches, so we have to wedge his buggy underneath so it doesn’t snap & struggle, its either that or change Josh on a dirty toilet floor. On a few occasions I have found I haven’t the strength to lift him back up, so have had to call on a member of the public to help. This is embarrassing for Josh. Like any young boy, he values his privacy and his dignity.
We only came across the Changing Places campaign as we were launching our charity, and decided to get in touch because we share such similar aims and, together we will be stronger. Our dream would be for a changing places toilet in every area and that decision-makers and businesses will work with groups and campaigners like ours to raise money and to raise awareness.”
Changing Places Campaigner