Tesco has installed its 100th Changing Places facility in one of its Extra stores.

The facilities were officially opened at Tesco Extra in Watford today (December 3) and will help those with complex disabilities use toilets safely and comfortably.

The opening comes on International Day of People with Disabilities, with the shop’s exterior having lit up in purple to mark the day.

The installation of the Changing Places facility marks a three year long partnership between Aveso, Muscular Dystrophy UK, Tesco and the Changing Places Consortium.  

Watford Observer:

Changing Places campaigner Kerry Thompson said: “The biggest challenge I face when going anywhere is when it comes to using a standard accessible toilet. The Changing Places facilities are more spacious and up-to-date with plenty of room to fit my wheelchair, my hubby and me.

"Knowing these facilities are available gives me the freedom to live my life without the worry and stress about finding an accessible toilet. 

“It has been an honour working alongside Tesco on our journey towards building the future of accessible toilets for all.

"Now as we celebrate the opening of the 100th Changing places facilities within Tesco stores nationwide it means trips out are made just that bit easier for the 250,000 disabled people and their families, including myself.” 

Alessandra Bellini, Tesco Chief Customer Officer, said: “We want Tesco to be a place where everyone feels welcome to work and shop, and we are delighted to launch our 100th Changing Places facility in our Watford Extra.

"Over a quarter of a million people in the UK use the support of a carer or family member to use bathroom facilities while shopping, and we’re pleased to be able to offer a little help to people like Kerry - and our many other customers and carers - who will benefit from Changing Places when they shop with us.”