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Hey all. I was one of the unlucky people that the covid vaxx gave a temp heart issue to (I'm in my 20's). About 3 months ago I couldn't even walk up stairs but I'm miles better now and much more able and active (able to go on hikes and stuff). I do have lingering effects sometimes which primarily cause fatigue and exhaustion if I over-exert heavily in a short span of time and don't pace myself.

Due to those lingering symptoms I'd like to look at reducing my physical exertion as much as possible. Unfortunately I have a coach ticket (+ Worthy View accom), which could tip me over the edge on day 1:

1) Travelling 1.5hrs from my home to the coach by train

2) Lugging around all my stuff to the coach

3) Carrying my stuff through the entrance (Gate A) all the way to Worthy View

It'd be miles easier if a friend (who is also coach) could just drive us both in, ideally to the Worthy View car park to minimise the physical demand on my body.

Has anyone ever managed to navigate a situation like this? Are Glasto accommodating for situations like this? And how did you manage to do it? i.e. Travelling in by means other than coach with a coach ticket. Do they make exceptions for this kind of stuff?

Also, I know some of you are probably thinking I shouldn't be going because of my health, but the general festi will be manageable because I can pace myself at all other times and I don' have to carry heavy stuff. It's just impossible to pace yourself when trying to traverse distances with heavy bags and stuff - it's too much.

Edit: I do have various paperwork that shows my condition and my current status with GP, heart specialist, etc.

Thanks!

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Catchy username! First step would be contacting SEE tickets, and maybe the Festival office to enquire about accessibility assistance. May be a bit late at this stage.

Could your mate not drive to the coach pick up point to take out some of the exertion on day1? There's a shuttle from PGA to Worthy View too. 

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Unfortunately you are a little late to make an application for Access support.  However, you can email the team and see how they can assist, if at all.  All contact details and access services can be found on Glasto website.

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Thank you both.

43 minutes ago, blutarsky said:

Catchy username! First step would be contacting SEE tickets, and maybe the Festival office to enquire about accessibility assistance. May be a bit late at this stage.

Could your mate not drive to the coach pick up point to take out some of the exertion on day1? There's a shuttle from PGA to Worthy View too. 

I got my campsites mixed up - I'm actually in Sticklinch. Is there a shuttle from PGA to that campsite, too? That would actually take a lot of the physical stress out of the day - that's the biggest hurdle tbh.

43 minutes ago, Glast0baby said:

Unfortunately you are a little late to make an application for Access support.  However, you can email the team and see how they can assist, if at all.  All contact details and access services can be found on Glasto website.

I did actually contact Glasto CS and accessibility months ago when I was feeling worse to see if they could offer any support but they said there's nothing they can offer, other than access to their accessibility area 😕 Would've thought they'd at least offer some support in getting me + my stuff to the campsite; didn't think that'd be too difficult for them. But zilch!

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11 minutes ago, 6XRy0PnAZHuxifz0LqVp said:

there's nothing they can offer, other than access to their accessibility area 😕 Would've thought they'd at least offer some support in getting me + my stuff to the campsite

If you had taken the offer of Access camping, there is then a shuttle to carry you and your stuff to the Access campsite.  I'm not sure it's far to criticise when you have chosen not to accept the route with assistance.  This is especially the case as one option on the Access form was having a pre-pitched tent in the Access campsite al a WV/SL.  Glasto is huge and the Access offering is really good and the team makes so much effort to help out.  It's not surprising that they can only assist within the very helpful facilities/routes of support that they control and manage.  

Sorry if this comes across as a bit ranty.  I just don't think it is a fair criticism of Access and they have been so helpful in assisting with my issues that I feel a bit protective.  Honestly, they have been so helpful.  I understand your anxiety and frustration, but you can't say you were not offered a solution to your medical concerns - you just chose not to accept it.

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29 minutes ago, Glast0baby said:

If you had taken the offer of Access camping, there is then a shuttle to carry you and your stuff to the Access campsite.  I'm not sure it's far to criticise when you have chosen not to accept the route with assistance.  This is especially the case as one option on the Access form was having a pre-pitched tent in the Access campsite al a WV/SL.  Glasto is huge and the Access offering is really good and the team makes so much effort to help out.  It's not surprising that they can only assist within the very helpful facilities/routes of support that they control and manage.  

Sorry if this comes across as a bit ranty.  I just don't think it is a fair criticism of Access and they have been so helpful in assisting with my issues that I feel a bit protective.  Honestly, they have been so helpful.  I understand your anxiety and frustration, but you can't say you were not offered a solution to your medical concerns - you just chose not to accept it.

Unfortunately, they didn't share any of that information when I enquired; I explained my condition and what I would need help with. No form provided. No facilities mentioned. No shuttles mentioned. I can't accept what isn't offered.

I would have requested / proceeded with an application had they said what you said, but they didn't. Below is the email I received.

"Thank you for your email. The access facilities are for customers with permanent or long term disabilities/ conditions. If your current condition does continue and you are able to provide supporting documentation from your doctor or the hospital confirming this we can of course look at providing you with access to our facilities."

And the description of the Access area doesn't even sound like anything I'd need either so I wouldn't ever have though to pursue it based on the info I had access to. None of these things apply to me:

https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/information/access-information/accessible-campsite/

 

 

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I am having posting regret.  You are going through a really tough time, and I 100% know how a sudden substantial change to health can be debiliating, especially from anxiety of feeling out of control and needing to find sources of assistance.  I really feel for you and I am sorry for my rant.  Independance to dependance is a mind f***.  The thing I have learnt through my own experience with bad health, is how hard it can be to admit you need help and reaching out for that help, but how necessary it is to do so.  So please know i don't make any judgement on you on how you are dealing.  I really respect your determination to continue to go to Glasto.  I had to go through the same '"can i do it" earlier this year.

My post was only intended to defend Access support.  I have accepted that support and it really helped with my anxiety over attending the fest.  Anyway, that's my 10 cents.

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How far do you and your friend live from Glastonbury?

One option could be for you (or a very kind and helpful friend) to take a car with the majority of your camping gear in, and park up in Glastonbury or Shepton Mallet on the Tuesday before the festival - then get a bus/train/lift back home to where you are catching the Coach from and use that to get to the festival on the Wednesday and get your tickets. These arrive at Gate A, and from there you could then get a Shuttle bus back to Glastonbury/Shepton and pick up the car and kit, then drive to Sticklinch - where I assume you can park pretty close to where the tents are.

It would be a big logistical task, and assumes that you can get a Sticklinch car park pass when you have a Coach booking (you can't buy a general parking ticket if you have the coach package). It would also obviously add extra costs for you and your friend, and mean extra time away from the festival but might be a way to cut out the big walk with all your gear. If you have the car close by you can maybe bring more stuff to make the stay easier and if you do need to leave the festival early for any reason the car is easily accessible

Hope you find a suitable solution and get to enjoy the festival. Obviously roaming round the site is a big part of the experience but maybe chose one particuar area/stage to stay in and around each day. There is bound to be at least one act on you will want to see, and its also a good way to see new or different acts you might not otherwise see, and will save the legs and lungs a bit of effort each day. You could maybe store a fold down chair in the lock ups on site, to save lugging it to and from the campsite each day

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I am so sorry to hear about your condition! It's a really horrible experience, that's for sure. 

I wonder if it would be possible to move from Sticklinch to Access camping? Not at all 100% sure that would be available at this late stage, but given you had been in contact... I do agree, its difficult to get access to the Access info when you're brand new to it and you're not even entirely sure what it is you can ask for. I've always found them very helpful but yes, there's a bit of a comms issue with the ability to properly detail what can be supported. I see the fact that many might try and play the system could make them a bit cagey.

Otherwise, I'm just thinking of own experience in the past and working out what you could possibly do if you're still coming on the coach. 

- Can you travel the night before to where you're travelling by coach, so minimise the day travel there?
- Can your friend carry your stuff? 
- A very good quality sack trolley! If your friend can at least pull this with your stuff on. They still have time to get in the gym for a bit of extra pump so you could ride in it too, like a French Duke 😎

That first day really is a big tax on the system regardless, so I hope you find a way to make it as undaunting as possible!  

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