MP backs post-surgery lingerie brand’s drive for equality

Left to right: Alison Thewliss and Nicola Dames at Vanilla Blush's showroom in Glasgow.Left to right: Alison Thewliss and Nicola Dames at Vanilla Blush's showroom in Glasgow.

A Scottish MP is backing an equality and diversity drive by ostomy underwear specialist Vanilla Blush to raise public awareness of stoma care needs.

Glasgow Central MP Alison Thewliss met Vanilla Blush founder and CEO Nicola Dames earlier this week at the company’s Bridgeton showroom, and after chatting to her staff and inspecting the company’s products, she pledged to do all she can to help highlight the importance of stoma care needs in the workplace and everyday life.

Dames, who herself has a stoma, said: “We had a very productive chat about the needs of people with stomas. This can include employers knowing that employees with stomas may need longer toilet breaks, while people generally need to be aware that stoma users may need occasional access to disabled toilets, despite the fact that they don’t fit the popular image of who may use a disabled toilet.”

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Alison Thewliss said: “I was able to learn a great deal from Nicola about the excellent work that Vanilla Blush does in meeting the needs of stoma care patients both here and internationally, and I am delighted to play my part in raising awareness.

“I will be raising the matter with the Speaker of the House of Commons to see if the House can become a stoma-friendly workplace, as it’s important that, as MPs, we provide a lead in this important area which is an often hidden everyday reality for thousands of people across  the country.”

This isn’t the first time that Vanilla Blush has been backed by a leading UK politician; in 2014 Scotland’s First Minister-in-waiting, Nicola Sturgeon, gave her seal of approval to a 2014 UK Lingerie Awards finalist in an article featured in the Glasgow Evening Times, and in July 2016, Thomas Rannachan, a former Labour candidate for Glasgow Shettleston, joined the company as non-executive director.

Vanilla Blush became a member of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce in June 2016.

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