Laura Rutherford, CP Campaign Co-ordinator at PAMIS (co-chair of the Changing Places Consortium) and mother to Brody who requires Changing Places toilets, said:
“The commitment Tesco is showing to becoming more inclusive is fantastic. When it comes to my son Brody’s toileting needs, Changing Places toilets ensure that he can go to the toilet safely and with dignity – just like everyone else.
Tesco say every little helps and that is certainly true. Going to the toilet is a basic human right and food shopping a necessity. Introducing Changing Places toilets to stores will mean thousands of families in the UK will feel welcome and included at Tesco. Huge well done to Tesco and everyone involved in making this happen.
Rob Burley, Director of Campaigns, Care and Support at Muscular Dystrophy UK, which co-chairs the Changing Places Consortium, said:
“Having access to Changing Places toilets gives disabled people greater independence, and we are delighted that Tesco has committed to installing more than 30 facilities in the UK this year. Having the support of such a high-profile retailer is an encouraging step forward in our campaign and we hope other retailers and venues will follow suit.
“Like everyone else, disabled people go shopping, travel to work and meet their friends, but a lack of Changing Places toilets can leave them isolated. By building more Changing Places toilets, we can help to tackle the exclusion they face.”