YOUNG Prestonpans campaigner Grace Warnock’s bid to highlight ‘invisible illness’ has been backed by sportscotland.
The organisation has committeed to putting her specially-designed signs in sports facilities across the country.
Grace, 11, has seen her sign – which was inspired by her own experiences as someone with Crohn’s Disease – appear at a number of places, including the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Airport and Hibernian Football Club, since it was launched.
It has been widely support in East Lothian, including in Grace’s home town.
Sportscotland said that it would be putting the signs in its facilities and invited Grace to visit its residential sports centre at Inverclyde for its launch.
Grace’s sign aims to remind people that some conditions which lead to people needing to use accesible toilets are hidden.
She said: “I’d like to change people’s attitude towards those of us who have an invisible illness.
“My sign has two meanings: the first is to show that not all illnesses are visible, and the second is to remind people to have a heart and not judge what they may not be able to see.
“I’d like to thank sportscotland so much for supporting me and helping to raise awareness of my campaign.”
Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, said: “Grace is an incredible girl. Not only did she identify a problem, but she has worked hard to find a practical solution to the issue. Her passion to raise awareness of illnesses like hers is admirable.
“We are proud to support Grace’s campaign and I wish her all the best as she continues on her quest to change people’s attitudes towards invisible illnesses.”
The idea to support Grace’s campaign was proposed by Jane Scott, sportscotland’s partnership manager, who has faced a long battle with Crohn’s disease since her diagnosis in 1998.