Craig Kelly highlights Changing Places campaign
Wednesday 09 December 2009
‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star delivers petition to the government
Craig Kelly, from ‘Strictly Come Dancing' and ‘Coronation Street', today (9 December) delivered a giant toilet roll to the Department for Communities and Local Government.
The actor was representing the ‘Changing Places, Changing Lives’ campaign to deliver a petition calling for fully accessible toilets in all large public buildings. Members of Mid Norfolk Mencap, the Mencap local group that collected the most signatures, accompanied him to hand over the petition.
Without Changing Places toilets carers are forced to change their loved-ones on dirty toilet floors or stay at home. As part of Learning Disability Week 2009 Mencap called on the government to change building regulations to make Changing Places toilets mandatory in all new large public places.
Craig said: "It's really exciting to be a part of this important petition for the Changing Places campaign and I've added my signature to the thousands collected. The giant toilet roll is a great idea to deliver the message."
Building regulations minister Lord McKenzie received the petition, with over 18,000 signatures. He commented: "I was very happy to meet the delegation from Mencap today to hear about their campaign on this important issue. The government will listen carefully to their views when considering what future changes we can make to the building regulations."
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