I had a bonkers idea. I was fed up having to lie my seven year old son on toilet floors, and of fighting so hard to try to get more Changing Places toilets installed, because people are just so uneasy about talking about what we do on the loo. Pee, poo, periods. They are not sexy are they? But because we don’t talk about them, because there is a stigma around toileting, it makes our job as campaigners really hard!
So I decided to try to break this taboo a bit. By taking photos of myself on the loo and posting them on social media. To try to show that it’s just an everyday activity. We all need to pee! It’s nothing to be ashamed of. And so was born the #LooAdvent calendar.
It has been the single most all consuming thing I’ve done in a long time, but so worth it. Because it is helping to get the need for benches and hoists in disabled toilets the press coverage it deserves. And I really hope it helps get more installed! Even if just one supermarket chain, one John Lewis store, one Cinema or sports venue commits to installing better facilities I will be over the moon.
It was very well received by the media… with widespread coverage on the BBC – From Radio Solent, Five Live and Jeremy Vine to the news on South Today. As you’ll see from the below, it also grabbed some celebrity attention, with the amazing Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker from C4’s The Last Leg featuring the calendar on the programme and tweeting their own selfie. And not forgetting one of my heroes – Paralympian Hannah Cockcroft MBE, who did her own toilet selfie for me to give me a break. I was lost for words.
Thank you so much.