Arbroath man on Loo Tour de Britain

Grant Speed prepares for his 370 mile tour
Grant Speed prepares for his 370 mile tour

Grant Speed will next month undertake a gruelling, five-day 370 mile cycle to raise funds for changing facilities for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in his hometown.

Grant has seen the difficulties his sister Lois faces finding suitable toilet and changing facilities when she takes her 14-year-old twins Kelsey and Kein, who suffer from muscular distrophy, out for the day.

“I have seen the constant battle that Lois and my niece and nephew have, trying to access a suitable changing facility when they are out and about for the day,” said Grant. “Having seen the work done by PAMIS and the Changing Places campaign, I want to raise money to build a Changing Places Toilet in Arbroath.

PAMIS is a University of Dundee-based charity campaigning for ‘Changing Places’ toilets to enable anyone to access facilities in comfort and safety regardless of the difficulties they face, to be installed across the country.

The cycle from Leeds to Arbroath, from July 7 to July 12, has been chosen as Grant is a long-time fan of the Tour de France which begins in Leeds this year.

After a weekend as a Tour Maker in Yorkshire, he will make his way home by bike on what he has dubbed ‘Loo Tour de Britain’.

The first phase of the journey will see him cycle 290 miles from Leeds to Edinburgh from July 7 to July 10.

He will then bike bridge-to-bridge, the 70 miles from the Forth to Tay, the following day before an easier 10-mile cycle to Arbroath harbour on the last day, the final stretch of which has been called the ‘Family Mile’ when everyone is welcome to join Grant and bike, stroll or push from Kerr’s Miniature Railway to the Harbour.

“Lois believes this would not only benefit her son and daughter but many others, who face similar difficulties and who would also benefit from this type of toilet facility.

“This is a basic need that should be met to help ensure that people can get out and about more easily without having to plan trips around distance of a local sports centre where toilet and changing areas are not always suitable or available.”

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