Lowri is 10 years old. Like many other girls her age, she loves getting out and about with her mum and the rest of her family. Lowri enjoys going swimming, ice skating, and shopping, attending Brownies and church, and going to the cinema.
Lowri has profound and multiple learning disabilities. As a result she needs 24-hour support with all aspects of her care, including going to the toilet. This is why she needs to use Changing Places toilets - without them getting out and about with her family is an exhausting struggle.
"Without Changing Places toilets it's a nightmare," explains Lowri's mother, Bethan. "I have a large mat that I carry around with me in case I have to change Lowri's continence pad when we are out. I put the mat down on the floor in the hope that it will protect my daughter from some of the filth on the toilet floor and make her more comfortable. We have countless experiences at eye level of disgusting toilet floors.
I put the mat down on the floor in the hope that it will protect my daughter from some of the filth on the toilet floor.Bethan, Lowri's mother
"We try our best to make it home in time to change Lowri in a safe and clean environment, but it means we can only go out in short bursts. I feel like an army-general when we go out, as everything has to be organised like a military operation.
"If there were Changing Places toilets in public places it would help to reduce some of the burden of caring and lighten the load. It would make a huge difference to the whole family as we would be able to get out and about together more easily."