Hotel unveils new ‘market leading’ facilities for people with disabilities
By Denis Sheehan, Editor, H&C News: Hotel unveils new ‘market-leading’ facilities for people with disabilities.
According to the national Changing Places Consortium, which campaigns for more Changing Places toilets, an estimated 250,000 people, children and adults in the UK would benefit from the use of Changing Places toilets, which include a winch, waist changing bench adult and generous space for a disabled person and up to two caregivers.
Yet in 2020 there were just 1,500 in the UK – and just 16 in all of Dorset.
Marsham Court has secured a £70,000 grant from Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council’s post-covid Bounce Back Fund, which it has more than matched to create its set of accessible facilities.
Cutting the ribbon for the new wheelchair lift at the front of the hotel, Bournemouth Mayor’s new adviser Bob Lawton called the layouts ‘market leading’.
He added: “I would like to thank the family and staff at Marsham Court who have worked tirelessly, both during the pandemic and after, to provide such wonderful facilities, which have been so welcomed, both locally than national. I know that the staff have also participated in extensive training to enable people with additional needs to get the most out of this very special equipment.
“I would also like to thank Councilor Philip Broadhead and his team at BCP Council who worked to ensure that grants like this were distributed to businesses in the BCP area to help them recover from the pandemic. And thanks also to the local construction crews, suppliers, charities and accessible champions who provided valuable input into the design and also helped raise awareness of these arrangements, both to the local community and to potential visitors to the BCP area.
Rosie Radwell, whose family has owned the Marsham Court Hotel for over 30 years, said: “We are incredibly proud of our new facilities, which are already proving very popular with our guests as well as the many locals who regularly enjoy the hotel as a place to meet business colleagues, attend events and spend time with friends and family.
“Accessibility and the way we welcome all our customers – including those who need carers for their personal needs – is vital and was made painfully clear to use when our mother Jennie Deavin was in the final stages of her battle. against cancer.
“Unfortunately, for many people with additional needs, a memorable vacation with their family seems impossible.
“We want to make sure people can come to Bournemouth knowing that their comfort and needs have been taken care of, from the toilets they use, to the bed they sleep in, to the specialist laundry services they might need. and even the possibility of joining their families in the pool.”
Bournemouth’s outgoing mayor, Councilor David Kelsey, added: ‘I live very close to Marsham Court and am a regular visitor so I have had the pleasure of seeing these incredible plans come to fruition. This has to be the most accessible and inclusive independent hotel on the south coast if not the whole country and I am very proud that it is here in Bournemouth.
Adviser Philip Broadhead, Deputy Head and Cabinet Member for Development, Growth and Regeneration at BCP Council, said: “During the pandemic, we have provided over £250m of support to businesses across the BCP region – and our goal has always been to try and ensure that we all bounce back better than before, and not just survive. The work done by the Marsham Court team, aided by part of the funding from our Bounce Back Challenge, is the very embodiment of what we are aiming for: to come back stronger than ever and now offer one of the most accessible hotels from the whole. country. It’s truly amazing to see and they deserve all the success they are enjoying now.
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