Improving our facilities at the Devil’s Punch Bowl
This September Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl café had the pleasure of opening the very first Changing Places toilet at a National Trust venue in London and South East. This will provide the right equipment and enough space for a person with a disability and up to two carers to use the toilet safely and comfortably.
The Multiple Sclerosis Changing Places Charity and the National Trusts’ Equality Specialist, Heather Smith, were involved in the design which includes; a changing table, adjustable wash hand basin and ceiling track hoist. Children and adults with complex needs often need extra facilities and more space than found in more traditional accessible toilets, these needs will be met by the Changing Places toilet.
The new building includes a bespoke external roof with access for bats and is part of a wider project to make the site more accessible. The next phase, which will begin in the Autumn, includes a new all-weather accessible path around the top of the Punchbowl, thanks to the generous donation from the Black Down Supporters.
"The new facilities will be so appreciated by visitors who need to use them,” says Rob Bishop, Property Operations Manager. “As an organisation it’s so important to us to be accessible and be able to welcome everyone"