A disabled Angus teenager, who was heartbroken to miss One Direction’s June concert in Edinburgh, has received a personalised gift from the band.
Fourteen-year-old Kelsey Speed had tickets for the show at Murrayfield, where concert organisers had arranged for a special toilet facility to be set up.
But the equipment hadn’t been properly installed, meaning that the Arbroath teenager who has muscular dystrophy missed most of the concert while looking for an alternative facility in the city.
After hearing about her experience, local charity fundraiser Charlie Kean arranged for a One Direction booklet to be delivered to Kelsey. The gift included a signed message from band member Zayn, who wrote that he hoped the teenager was feeling better.
Kelsey said: “I think Zayn is really nice. I really like the booklet. I was very excited when I was told about it.”
Kelsey has lost much of her mobility due to her condition, meaning she needs a toilet to have a hoist and a changing table installed.
Mum Lois Laird is now urging people including One Direction to support the Changing Places consortium’s campaign for facilities to be built around the country.
The 35-year-old support worker said: “We would like to thank One Direction and Charlie for the gift. It has helped to make up for the bad experience and not many teenagers have something like that.
“There needs to be more awareness of the need for Changing Places toilets throughout the country. There aren’t many of them and it’s very limiting. They mean so much to the people who need them.
“It’s not a luxury, it’s a basic need for Kelsey and people like her.
“Murrayfield have been really good and are now going to install a permanent changing facility.
“It would be great if One Direction could show support for the CP campaign.”
Lois and her family are hoping to raise 10,000 towards the cost of installing a CP toilet in Arbroath.
She added: “I know of other people who would benefit from these toilets and there are probably many more who need them.”