I love my blue badge.
It means I get to park in spaces that allow me to get in to and out of my car easily, and which are within a relatively safe wheeling distance of my destination.
Until you realise your badge is in Birmingham, you are in Didcot, and you need it to park at Oxford Station the next morning.
The rules are clear. No badge = no right to park in the blue badge bays.
But even the nearest standard spaces at Oxford Station were outside of my realistic outdoors wheeling distances.
Taxi wasn't an option.
I called the assisted travel line (where you book train assistance, ramps onto the trains etc). They gave me the number of the company who manage the station carpark - APCOA.
Well, parking companies in general don't get good press. Their reputation is for giving fines wherever they can. I wasn't holding my breath.
I called them, and explained my situation and asked if there was any way I could get permission to park in a blue badge space without displaying the blue badge. The lady on the phone was very helpful, and said she'd email the manager for that carpark and get back to me.
I wasn't holding my breath, but sure enough, within an hour she'd called back with permission, and a code to display on my dashboard! Obviously they couldn't guarantee that a space would be available, but if there was, I could use it - giving me the same chance of a successful journey that my blue badge would.
It made the whole day doable.
So thank you APCOA. You made my day possible, and you did so without even a hint of annoyance at the effort you had to put in to do so.