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Deliveries from Michael at Asda Canterbury are Harrison's favourite time of the week

June 30, 2023 11:22am
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Five-year-old Harrison Cheetham, who's autistic, loves his weekly home shopping deliveries from our Canterbury store and has formed a strong bond with our friendly driver Michael Richardson.

Asda Canterbury home delivery driver Michael Atkinson

Michael always has a good chat to Harrison when he's dropping off the groceries and lets him put the empty crates onto the van too.

Harrison's mum, Zoey, said: "Having his Asda delivery is definitely his favourite time of the week, and he 'happy stims' every time he sees the van. It’s made even better when you have a lovely delivery driver like Michael.

"Michael remembered that Harrison was autistic and has a mini Asda van of his own. He asked him he if could find it, but he couldn’t so he showed him a variety of other cars he had instead. Michael took genuine interest and make conversation with him.

"He saw that Harrison was trying to stack the crates so he taught him a trick how to stack them without catching his fingers. He then encouraged him to help carry them back to the van and load them. As you can tell by his face on the photos he absolutely loved it."

Zoey, who's married to Joe and has another son, Harley, who's nine, took to Facebook and thanked Michael on the Canterbury Residents group. Lots of people took the time to praise him. Here's just a few of their comments:

"Great bloke. Asda Canterbury should be proud to have such a great worker as Michael"

"My autistic son also loves chatting to the asda delivery drivers - they are lovely people - he looks forward to the delivery every week."

"Omg this is so nice, credit to Michael for taking time out of his day to talk to your son"

"Everyone should have a Michael ❤️ well done as a small act of kindness goes a long way , Asda should be proud to employ him"

"Yes, I’ve had Michael deliver our shopping too. So friendly and definitely deserves to be recognised for his work 👍*"*

Fifty-nine-year-old Michael said: "Harrison is a great little lad who always has a smile on his face no matter how bad the weather is or what he's been up to. He's always smiling.

"When I knock at his house he comes to the door with a great big Cheshire Cat grin on his face, every time. I really look forward to seeing him when I deliver the shopping."

Asda Canterbury home delivery driver Michael Atkinson

Michael and his colleagues are going to invite Harrison into the store for a VIP tour during the summer holidays.

He said: "We are going to put on one hell of a show for him when he comes in. He's going to love it."

Michael, who's worked at the store for seven years, said: "I just do my job and I enjoy it. I have a laugh and a giggle with all my customers. I can't be miserable when I'm delivering. It's not my style, as I like to be entertaining.

"I went to an elderly lady's house a few months ago and she said 'I'm glad you are here as you've got my lightbulbs'. I said 'who's going to fit them' and she said 'I'll get the chair out and do them myself'. I said 'no way' and did them for her. If I can do something that makes it easier for a customer I will."

Karina Taylor, the store's online trading manager, said: "We are all so proud of Michael. He's just an all-round nice guy."

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