Scunthorpe mum Lorna Fillingham beats thousands to be shortlisted for National Diversity Award

Lorna has been shortlisted in the Positive Role Model for Disability category after her tireless campaigning for Changing Places toilet facilities.

A Scunthorpe mum has beaten more than 24,500 people to be shortlisted for a national award.

Changing Places campaigner Lorna Fillingham has been nominated in the Positive Role Model for Disability category at the National Diversity Awards.

She started campaigning after realising standard accessible toilets did not meet the needs of her disabled daughter Emily-May.

Lorna started a petition calling for Changing Places toilet facilities with an adult changing bench and a hoist to be made compulsory in larger public buildings, and delivered it to Downing Street earlier this year.

Now, she is one of 124 nominees to be shortlisted from 24,584 entries for the awards, which will be held in Liverpool in September.

Lorna said: “I am delighted that I have been shortlisted for this award.

“I am only one of a growing number of Changing Places campaigners, who are fighting for the rights and dignity of disabled people, some of whom have no voice of their own. This is for us all.”

Lorna’s campaign has been supported by a growing number of MPs, including Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin.

She was also joined at Downing Street by Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike, who said: “Lorna knows first hand how a lack of sufficient changing places toilets is impacting negatively on families, carers and disabled people.

“She’s working tirelessly to put changing places campaign on the map. I am committed to supporting her all the way in this important campaign.”

The National Diversity Awards ceremony, at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on September 14, will be hosted by Scissor Sisters frontwoman and Radio 2 presenter Ana Matronic, alongside television presenter Brian Dowling.

Among those being honoured are community organisations and role models including freedom fighters, domestic violence campaigners and trans rights activists.

Ana said: “I’m delighted to be hosting the 2018 National Diversity Awards in Liverpool for the second year in a row.

“Last year’s event was a true celebration of diversity across every area and nothing gives me greater pleasure than being able to be a part of this prestigious event.

“I can’t wait to meet all of the nominees and winners. Liverpool, I’ll see you in September.”

Paul Sesay, founder and chief executive of the National Diversity Awards, said: “An overwhelming amount of nominations and votes were received this year, and I know our judging panel had an incredibly difficult task of whittling down the nominees to create an outstanding shortlist.

“So many heartfelt testimonies really showcased how these people and organisations are having a profound impact on the lives of others, and I applaud them for their dedication to each specific cause.

“Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees, it is a privilege to recognise your bravery, resilience and courage and I am honoured to share this with the nation.

“I look forward to congratulating you in person in September.”

Source: Grimsby Telegraph


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