Asda's 'no1 fan' Ethan enjoys special VIP visit to our North Hykeham store
Ten-year-old Ethan Codd tells colleagues at our Lincoln North Hykeham store that he's Asda's number one fan – so when the store's community champion Paula Robinson heard she arranged a special behind-the-scene VIP visit as well as giving him his own Asda shirt, name badge and lanyard.
Ethan, who's autistic, has been shopping at the store with his mum Sarah and older brother Ryan, 14, since he was little and they call in every morning before school.
Paula said: "We visited all his favourite aisles with his little Asda trolley. He looked in the warehouse with food hall section leader Rory Wallace and sat on the forklift truck, he tidied the shelves and stocked them up with our store manager Mike Long and then sat at his desk and looked over the balcony onto the shop and waved to everyone!
"He scanned items and checked stock levels with Di Brodie, our GM and George manager, and then watched our security section leader Terry Goldsmith use the security cameras. He spent time with Pam Wilkinson and did a Click & Collect parcel for a customer before meeting Brett from Costa Coffee in our store.
"Ethan really was a superstar and everyone was charmed by him. He's such a lovely young man. Well done Ethan, it was a pleasure to spend some time with you."
Sarah said Ethan really enjoys his regular visits to the store.
She said: "He loves seeing all the toys in the store, but he really likes using the scan and go! He goes round and gets everything we want and puts everything in his little Asda trolley which he takes out with him. He also takes it to school every day too.
"On one visit recent he was telling Fiona, one of the colleagues on security, that he was Asda's number one fan and that he came in every day and he loved the place. Paula, your community champion, was just walking by at the time and Fiona had a word and that's when Paula asked if we'd like to come in and have a tour and we said 'yes please'!
"When he was invited in he had a ball. With his autism, Ethan's very outgoing and he talked to all the colleagues and asked them questions.
"Because he's quite into technology he liked going on the tills and Click & Collect with Pam. He also liked looking at the security cameras!
"He's quite a tactile and affectionate boy and everybody we spoke to made a really big fuss of him. He was very affectionate back and was giving them cuddles. They were all brilliant with him.
"He even saw one of his teaching assistants who was shopping in the store at the time so by the time he'd gotten into school the news had gone round.
"I can't thank Paula enough for arranging it for him and Fiona for setting the ball rolling. It was really appreciated.
"He was a very happy boy when he left. He loves his Asda shirt, his name badge and his lanyard. He slept in his shirt the night we got back from his big day out!"