Love is in the air for Paddy!

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHIANNON MCDOWALL

AY­OUNG ro­man­tic has had a Valen­tine’s Day to re­mem­ber af­ter re­ceiv­ing al­most 300 cards.

Paddy Car­son’s mum, Claire, and carer, Kirsty, fea­tured in the Ex­press last week, hop­ing to gen­er­ate a few ex­tra cards for Paddy, who has se­vere autism, ADHD and com­plex spe­cial needs – and loves Valen­tine’s day.

But they were thrilled when more than 280 cards – in­clud­ing one from his favourite TV soap Emmerdale – and count­less boxes of choco­lates and bal­loons ar­rived.

Claire, who 22-year-old Paddy lives with on Up­ton Pri­ory, said: “At the last count there was 280. Paddy was over the moon. His whole face just lit up as more and more ar­rived.

“It’s ab­so­lutely amaz­ing, the gen­eros­ity of every­one. We’ve had lots from peo­ple in Mac­cles­field, and some have come from as far as Ox­ford, Manch­ester and Tame­side.

“I’d just like to say a mas­sive, mas­sive thank you to every­one who sent a card. And to Kirsty and The Ex­press for shar­ing it. The re­sponse has been over­whelm­ing.”

Paddy’s carer Kirsty An­der­son con­tacted the Ex­press urg­ing peo­ple to send Paddy a Valen­tine’s Day card.

The Ex­press Face­book post was shared more than 100 times and reached more than 14,000 fol­low­ers. A free mail box was pro­vided by Mail Boxes Etc, with a num­ber of shops and busi­nesses vol­un­teer­ing as drop off points.

Claire added: “We are just over­whelmed by the re­sponse.

“So many of them are home­made. There’s one from a lit­tle boy who has autism and lives in Tame­side, and he’s had boxes of choco­lates and bal­loons.

“He even had a card from Emmerdale wish­ing him a happy Valen­tine’s Day. We’ve been through most of them, but we keep sit­ting down and read­ing a few more.”

Paddy was also in­vited for a Valen­tine’s meal at The New White Lion in Mac­cles­field, which he went to with mum Claire and some of his car­ers.

Claire added: “It’s been ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. It just goes to show how great the Mac­cles­field com­mu­nity is, I re­ally am gen­uinely over­whelmed.

“Every­one has re­ally ral­lied to­gether for Paddy and it has made his day.”

A YOUTH or­gan­i­sa­tion spread the love on Valen­tine’s day by leav­ing bou­quets of flow­ers for res­i­dents to find. Mem­bers of CRE8 Youth Group left a dozen bunches of flow­ers around the Moss with notes invit­ing peo­ple to take them home. Com­ment­ing on our Face­book site, Lau­ren Beard said: ‘We found one walk­ing the dogs. Made my lit­tle girl’s day’. Sheena New­son added: ‘Thank you, my mum found one and it made her day’.

Paddy Car­son with one of his many cards

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