Valen­tine’s re­cruits wanted to make ro­man­tic Paddy’s day

Macclesfield Express - - BY-ELECTION PREVIEW -

AN ap­peal has been launched to help give a young ro­man­tic a Valen­tine’s day to re­mem­ber.

Paddy Car­son, 22, has se­vere autism, ADHD and com­plex spe­cial needs as a re­sult of be­ing born pre­ma­turely.

But he is a true ro­man­tic at heart and noth­ing would make him hap­pier than to re­ceive a Valen­tine’s day card.

Paddy’s carer Kirsty An­der­son is ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic to help make his day, and is ask­ing peo­ple to surprise Paddy with as many cards as pos­si­ble.

Paddy’s mum Claire Car­son, from Up­ton Pri­ory, said the idea was sparked af­ter Paddy de­clared he would ‘need the day off’ to go through his Valen­tine’s day cards.

She said: “He’s quite reg­i­mented in what he does and the com­puter group at Rossendale Trust is one of his favourites, so I was very sur­prised when he said he wouldn’t be able to go be­cause he would have so many cards and flow­ers to go through.

“I just thought how fan­tas­tic it would be if we could make it hap­pen.”

She added: “De­spite him hav­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion prob­lems and de­lays in speech, he’s very so­cia­ble and chatty, so a lot of peo­ple know him and stop and say hello.

“It would be im­por­tant for me and to him, to know that he’s been ac­cepted so­cially as well. He has com­plex needs but his emo­tions are just like every­body else’s, he just wants to be loved.”

Paddy loves watch­ing the soaps and at­tends Oak­wood, part of the Rossendale Trust, which of­fers in­for­mal learn­ing and leisure op­por­tu­ni­ties to adults with dis­abil­i­ties.

Mac­cles­field busi­nesses which have vol­un­teered as a drop-off points for cards are: The Co-ops in Up­ton Pri­ory and Bux­ton Road; McDon­ald’s; Domi­noes Pizza; The Fra­grance Shop in the Precinct and Dol­ly­lox. You can also post them to Suite 456, Silk House, Park Green, Mac­cles­field, SK11 7QJ.

Paddy, who is a big fan of the soaps, pic­tured dur­ing a visit to the Em­merdale set

Paddy Car­son

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