What if toilets had feelings?
Toilets need your help, today.
Today we bring you a toilet and a sink which have not been treated equally like the other toilets.
Left neglected and abandoned by their owners. No toilet should have to be this way.
They have been incapacitated by the lack of care and maintenance given to the ‘regular’ toilets and if they could ask for your help – they would. They are crying out in desperation.
All they want to do is provide a safe, hygienic place to go to the toilet. A place of comfort and dignity. Many will see only pain, tears and distress. Wrong fittings, missing support rails, cramped spaces … the list is long. All they can do is watch helplessly.
Today a frail elderly man fell because there was no support rail – and no emergency cord to get help. I felt responsible.
Yesterday a severely disabled little boy had to be changed on the floor, right next to me and the bin. He was too heavy for the baby changing table. I kept willing him to try not to wave his arms around and touch me because of all the germs. Of course he couldn’t help it. My heart was breaking. I wanted to help. There was nothing I could do. My room didn’t have anything better to offer.
[Anonymous Toilet in Kent, UK]
People stay at home more where they have fully accessible bathrooms – leaving toilets like these isolated and lonely.
We can change things
Act now and together we can change things. You can do something to help toilets like this.
Customers – tell people what is wrong. It costs you nothing and provides businesses with an opportunity to put things right.
Managers and architects – offer hope to these poor toilets. No toilet should have to suffer this way.
Just £67 could buy this toilet room a new tap or fix the existing one. £100 could enabling local people to fix the flush and understand why it needs to be reachable from the space beside the toilet.
You could use ‘Euan’s Guide’ cards to remind people not to tie up the emergency cord and take away help from people who might desperately need it.
[We took the opportunity to provide one for the ‘accessible’ toilet at the Fairway pub, Ickenham, Middlesex featured in our video]
Save a life
You could save a life and help toilets provide a safer, cleaner and more dignified experience for their users.
World Toilet Day is THE day for action. It is the day to raise awareness about all the people who do not have access to a toilet, and the urgent need to end the sanitation crisis. And it is the day to stand up (or sit down or squat if you prefer) to do something about it.