Over £6,000 raised for new disabled toilet

Laura Moore and her son William, five, who has been with Chestnut Tree House for four years
Laura Moore and her son William, five, who has been with Chestnut Tree House for four years

A COMMUNITY campaign to find funds for a first fully-accessible disabled in Worthing town centre has been successful.

A refurbishment of the toilet block on the seafront, opposite the Dome, will include a £5,000 Changing Places disabled facility after residents and businesses clubbed together to raise the funds.

Lead campaigner, Laura Moore, whose five-year-old son, William, suffers from severe dystonic motor disorder, said: “It’s going to be hugely important. I didn’t realise how many people in Worthing needed it until I started doing this.

“When you’re in town, there is nowhere for you to change your children.”

Laura, 37, of Ashurst Close, Goring, set up a crowdfunder appeal online, offering a range of rewards in exchange for donations.

The appeal surpassed its £5,000 target, raising £6,286. The extra funds will be set aside for a similar project in the Guildbourne Centre.

The new facility will feature extra space for larger wheelchairs, a changing bed and hoist.

Laura explained that normal disabled toilets were often inadequate for the severely disabled, with the lack of a changing bed resulting in people having to lay children on the floor.

A number of organisations got involved in the fundraising, including Independent Lives, Babybuddy, West Sussex Parent Carer Forum, National Autistic Society, Classic Collection and Brio.