Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop has been working with local supermarkets to introduce trollies appropriate for disabled children.
These trollies are designed for older children with a disability and have a large basket, making them a suitable size for a regular shop. They also have a harness seat to keep the child safe while shopping and a fifth wheel to provide extra support and allow for easy mobility.
Fiona started this work as a result of correspondence she received from local mum, Stacy Dunsmore, who shared the difficulties she faced in supermarkets in the area who did not provide suitable trollies for her disabled son.
“After hearing of the difficulties my constituent was having in finding supermarkets with suitable trollies for her son I was happy to write to many of the major retailers asking if they could source suitable trollies for their stores in my Constituency.
“I am very pleased that Aldi in Whitburn as well as Home Bargains in Bathgate now have the trollies we requested they provide.
“This is important for families not only in my Constituency but across Scotland to ensure disabled children are safe and comfortable while in shops.
“I would encourage all retailers to provide these trollies to support disabled children across Scotland as this will help make their shopping experience safer and allow families increased access to stores where these trollies were not previously provided.”
“Having these trollies in stores means I can take my disabled son shopping with ease instead of having to configure trying to push his specialist buggy and pull along a trolley in busy shops, it wasn’t an easy task and not everyone has someone they can take shopping with them to help.
“Looking after disabled children is not an easy thing to do and Aldi Whitburn and Home Bargains Bathgate have helped to make the simple task of getting shopping done a lot easier. Now we get to include our son in the shopping experience in the stores that have these trollies available.”