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UK Woman Says She Was 'Belittled And Humiliated' For Needing Seat On First Bus

Friday 20 September 2019


From UK news outlet Bristol Live:


Martha Pugh-Jones
Martha Pugh-Jones is calling for a Bristol version of the
London’s ‘hidden disability’ campaign on the city’s buses.
(Image: Michael Lloyd Photography)

Woman says she was 'belittled and humiliated' for needing seat on First Bus

The 18-year-old has a hidden disability

By Tristan Cork Senior Reporter
19 September 2019
© 2019 Local World.

A teenager says she has been shouted at, sworn at and been 'humiliated' on Bristol's buses - all because she needs a seat.

Martha Pugh-Jones is now campaigning for a Bristol version of the London "hidden disability" scheme, after she was abused by passengers on her way home from school.

The 18-year-old told Bristol Live people have shouted and sworn at her, and accused her of not really needing to sit on one of the First Bus priority seats - even though she was wearing a badge for people with hidden disabilities.

Martha has chronic fatigue syndrome and a condition called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), which means she is prone to suffering from heart rate abnormalities when she stands - especially if she’s moving around at the same time, like on a bus.

The condition is severe, and meant she had to miss her final year of sixth form at St Mary Redcliffe. After missing a year of education after developing the condition around 18 months ago, Martha has now re-started year 13, and this September she has begun travelling on buses across Bristol every day with the condition for the first time.


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