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Mackenzie is 'beaming' after his behind-the-scenes tour of Asda Sittingbourne

April 25, 2019 09:43 AM

Twelve-year-old Mackenzie Morphey loves visiting our Sittingbourne store with his mum Mia and wants to work for Asda when he’s older – so the store's community champion Claire Fosbeary invited him in for a behind-the-scenes tour.

Mackenzie, who's a pupil at Meadowfield School, spoke to colleagues around the store about their different roles, tried his hand on the checkouts and created his own pizza.

Mia said: "Mackenzie is obsessed with Asda and has been since I worked there. He used to like my green Asda shirts, and every time he sees the Asda logo he says 'Asda!'.

"He absolutely loved the tour – he loved scanning items through the till and copying the 'beep' noise, going up and down the travelator and making pizzas. It was so nice to see him so happy with a big smile on his face.

"I used to work at the store and still I shop there every week so Claire and some of the other girls arranged a little tour for Mackenzie.

"He wants to work for Asda when he grows up.

"He has autism and doesn't have much speech, but you could tell from the look on his face how much he enjoyed it – in fact he didn't want to leave!"

Mackenzie lives with Mia, his dad Dave, sisters Maisy, nine, and Freya, four, and his brother Logan, who's two.

Claire and store manager Mark Stickens welcomed Mackenzie to the store and could see that he had a great time.

Claire said: "Mackenzie was beaming throughout the whole tour. He couldn’t wait to go back to his school and tell all his friends about his amazing morning,

"Mia was over the moon too to see how happy he was. It was a pleasure for us to organise the tour for him."