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Coronavirus Kent: McDonald's workers at Chestfield branch gift supply of Happy Meal boxes to Whitstable boy

Generous McDonald's workers gifted a bagful of Happy Meal boxes to a Whitstable nan so her autistic grandson can still enjoy his favourite treat amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Before the pandemic, Jo Rawlinson would buy four-year-old Mason Wanstall one of the fast food meals when he came to stay over at her house.

Mason Wanstall, four, with his Happy Meal box. Picture: Jo Rawlinson
Mason Wanstall, four, with his Happy Meal box. Picture: Jo Rawlinson

But the virus crisis has left him feeling upset as he is unable to see her.

Ms Rawlinson says Mason, who will be unable to have a birthday party when he turns five on April 4, is struggling to understand what is happening due to his autism.

The gran-of-three told KentOnline: "My grandson is nonverbal autistic - he is just starting to talk bless him.

"He is a really happy and loving chap who really does look forward to coming round my house for the night and having a McDonald's.

"Autistic children really like their routine so as he can’t come round to nanny’s house, I wanted to try and make sure he had something to look forward to."

The bagful of Happy Meal boxes given to Jo Rawlinson. Picture: Jo Rawlinson
The bagful of Happy Meal boxes given to Jo Rawlinson. Picture: Jo Rawlinson

She asked staff at the Chestfield McDonald's branch, near Whitstable, if they could help.

The 49-year-old added: "McDonald's were brilliant - they gave me boxes, cups and all sorts to make up his normal Happy Meal.

"Although it won’t be with me, it will be with mum and dad, it will makes things better for him.

"Thank you to McDonald's for helping my grandson and enabling him to have his special treat."

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