A Kilcreggan mum's campaign to highlight the unfair criticism often directed at people with hidden disabilities is going from strength to strength.

Bev Burns says many people with disabilities that are not immediately obvious are often subjected to comments and eye-rolling when they are seen using disabled facilities - even though they have every right to do so.

In some of the worst cases, Bev says this can include outright abuse from ill-informed members of the public.

Bev, a blue badge holder who suffers constant pain as a result of fibromyalgia and is registered disabled, has also experienced jibes and hurtful remarks.

Earlier this year the Advertiser reported that Bev had launched a petition for changes to be made to the traditional disabled signs which carry a wheelchair logo.

She believes the signs are misleading because many people with disabilities do not always need to use a wheelchair.

Now she has stepped up her campaign by launching a website where people can tell their own stories about the difficulties that come with being disabled.

Bev, a mum of three, said: "Many people with hidden disabilities still have to put up with tut-tutting and eye-rolling when using a disabled toilet or parking space.

"I want people in that situation to tell of their own experiences to raise awareness among the general public that this can be very hurtful to people who have a disabled badge and who can legitimately use these facilities."

One mum with a daughter who uses a wheelchair as a result of cancer posted on the website that she had been harangued by an elderly man when she parked in a disabled bay while out shopping with her daughter in Helensburgh.

He even complained to the shop staff. But, realising the mum had every right to use the space, the store awarded her a £20 voucher for the upset the man had caused her and her daughter.

Another person posted: "I have third stage kidney disease ... my illness is hidden ... you may see me walk with crutches but what you don’t see is the pain with every step I take."

And a husband wrote that if he needed a toilet stop while out shopping with his wife, he had to use the disabled facility and take his wife in with him.

This is because she suffers from dementia and cannot be left unattended as in the past she had wandered off and become lost.

People wanting to share their own experiences can do so by going to smilingthrough.org.uk

The website also has a link to Bev's petition calling for changes to disabled signs to recognise that not every disabled person uses a wheelchair.