Today’s main event took place at Crawley’s County Mall, where there was a big unveiling of the newest changing facility for people with disabilities.
I was employed to cover the event by a PR agent for the project. Which included a state of the art hoist for people with problems climbing onto changing beds, an electronic bed and an electronic basin which all rise and fall to suit the user.
It’s so often taken for granted when using public amenities. I think we all tend to over look the facts that standard conveniences give less abled people less opportunities and ease of use. I never would have imagined how important it actually is that a changing bed would need to rise and fall, the basin too. But with a little imagination it’s easy to see why.
People simply rush about thier normal lives not giving these daily musts a second thought.
But for a disabled person these day to day duties are the most important part of the day. Knowing or not knowing is a reson for going out or staying in.
As I arrived, many local celebs, Chris Oxslade, (used to run the local radio station, now a media company owner, County Councillor, and Crawley Open House Manager), Councillor Brian Quinn (Mayor of Crawley) and his good lady, Henry Smith MP, and the County Mall director Mark Haynes, Shelley Fagence-Traynor (Crawley Happy Times) and obviously Maria and her son Ryan.
Maria was the lady that initally got the ball rolling and it was all thanks to her son Ryan that any of this really ever happened.
After photographing group shots, I photographed the local celebs with Maria and Ryan and captured the cutting of the ribbon along with the unveiling of the facilities themselves. We grabbed a few inside the facility with members of public looking and seeing how the tech worked.
It was a very happy occasion
Here are a couple of shots to show people in attendance.