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East Midlands Airport

East MidlandsChanging Places check-in to international level

EAST MIDLANDS AIRPORT IS 'FLYING THE FLAG' FOR INCLUSIVITY, BECOMING THE FIRST UK MAINLAND AIRPORT TO INSTALL A CHANGING PLACES TOILET.

Strategically positioned in the terminal's first floor departure lounge with lift access, the new facility, in part supplied by Changing Places campaign sponsor Total Hygiene, enables people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and other people with severe disabilities and who need the support of at least one carer to more fully participate in life without worrying about availability of appropriate toilets.

Larger than a conventional accessible toilet, a Changing Places toilet also includes additional equipment – a height adjustable changing bench, privacy screen and hoist.

Brad Miller, Managing Director East Midlands Airport said: "As part of our commitment to improving the passenger experience at the airport, we continually look at the facilities we provide to ensure they meet the needs of our passengers. From the moment the Changing Places team first approached us, we were proud to be able to support their campaign. We really admire and respect the work that Changing Places does and as an airport that caters for millions of passengers, it is essential that we all work together, to provide a first class facility in our airport."

Added Robin Tuffley, Total Hygiene marketing manager, "We go to the toilet on average eight times a day. Further, research shows people- able and disabled- make a conscious decision NOT to visit somewhere if they believe they cannot go to the toilet in appropriate facilities. The installation of a Changing Places toilet at East Midlands Airport means that thousands of disabled people can now travel further afield, safe in the knowledge that they need not worry about suitable washroom facilities during their time spent at the airport."

The Changing Places campaign, run by the Changing Places consortium and sponsored by Total Hygiene, is seeing rapid acceptance of the need for its toilets: this year alone, almost 100 Changing Places toilets have been opened in venues across the country, from museums to shopping centres and car parks, bringing the total to over 350 nationwide.

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