Carers did you know – that if you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, and you sometimes need to get to a toilet fast as this bowel condition can cause sudden diarrhoea and stomach pain and with the number of public toilets falling, it can be hard to find somewhere when you really need to go. High street retailer Argos has signed up to a scheme with charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK to allow people with the conditions to use their staff toilets in over 800 stores.
People with the Can’t Wait card – available for members of the charity – can show it in any store and use the toilet. Membership costs £1.25 and includes a range of other benefits. The card displays a message which says: ‘The holder of this card has inflammatory bowel disease and needs to use your toilet facilities urgently.’ Supporters of the charity said it was a great step forward as they’d not been able to use the facilities when they asked in other stores.
The announcement comes after the charity launched the Not Every Disability is Visible campaign, to raise awareness of people with invisible illnesses using disabled toilets.