Cambridgeshire

Woman emerges from portable loo charity lock-in

Louisa Marnoch and Thomas Grice Image copyright Simon Denson
Image caption Louisa Marnoch was greeted by Thomas Grice, for whom she has been fundraising, when she emerged from the portable toilet cubicle

A woman has emerged from a portable toilet after being locked inside for 48 hours for charity.

Louisa Marnoch, 47, was greeted by well-wishers as she left the cubicle in the lobby of Tesco in Milton, Cambridgeshire, on Saturday evening.

She raised about £5,000, taking a fund to buy a wheelchair for local man Thomas Grice over its £25,000 target.

"I don't usually get that kind of reception when I leave the toilet - and I'm glad of that," she said.

During her time inside the toilet, she lived on sandwiches, cereal bars, crisps and chocolate.

She slept in a sleeping bag and fortunately, when nature called, facilities were at hand.

"I only managed a couple of hours sleep on the first night and three or four on the second night," she said.

"Because it's a 24-hour store, there were always people about, and there was building work and a lot of drilling going on.

"People would also bang on the side of the toilet to check there was someone inside."

Image caption Mrs Marnoch said she did not manage to get much sleep inside the cubicle

She spent her time blogging about her experiences and talking to friends on her phone.

She said a high point - and low point - was getting a message from her daughter Oakley, 19, who is currently volunteering in a remote area of Tanzania.

"She told me how proud she was of me, which was both happy and sad because I do miss her," she said.

Mr Grice, 21, who has cerebral palsy, was among the people waiting to greet her when she emerged from the toilet.

He is a student at Cambridge Regional College, where Mrs Marnoch is is a special educational needs and disabilities facilitator.

Image copyright @GriceyFund
Image caption Louisa Marnoch entered the toilet at 1800 BST on Thursday, emerging 48 hours later

Mrs Marnoch said she hoped he would get his new wheelchair within the next month.

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