10-year-old Lincs lad describes ‘best experience ever’ after VIP visit to ASDA

A 10-year-old has described his VIP visit to a local Asda store in Lincolnshire as “the best day ever.” Ethan Codd, who is autistic, visits North Hykeham Asda every morning before school and was recently given a behind-the-scenes experience by staff members. Not only was Ethan given a tour of the warehouse and balcony overlooking the shop, but was also given his own name badge, lanyard and Asda shirt that he slept in the same night. Ethan said: “It was the best day ever, it was a moment that I have never experienced before.

“I got to go behind the scenes to see how the stock is made and how it’s all put onto the shelf. My favourite part was when I got to go on the balcony and look down at the entire shop. That made me feel excited and happy.”

: Dog cafe opens in Lincoln with sections to fuss dogs and bring your own He added: “Everybody is so friendly. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at Asda and I hope the next time we buy a newspaper I’ll be on it.”

Ethan Codd with staff members at Asda North Hykeham during his VIP visit.

Ethan lives with his mum, Sarah Codd, stepdad Simon and older brother Ryan, 14 in Waddington.

Sarah said that Ethan loves his Asda shirt so much that he wants to wear it for his school’s non-uniform day next Friday for the Queen’s Jubilee, with the colour theme of blue, red and white. Sarah said: “I’m going to try and find a union jack badge to put on because he wants to go in his full gear. We are always going into ASDA in the morning and he saw a shopping trolley that I bought him which is how the conversation started with Fiona the security guard and Paula the community lady.

“It snowballed from there and he keeps talking about it, it made his day. We always have to have a look down the toy aisle and he likes technology so we always have to use the scan-and-go.” She added: “Ethan isn’t introverted, he’s the total opposite.

He’s a very tactile little boy and loves hugs but the downside is he doesn’t have stranger danger so I have to watch him when we’re out and about.

10-year-old Lincs lad describes 'best experience ever' after VIP visit to ASDAEthan during his VIP visit to Asda North Hykeham.

“He is very cheeky, outgoing and lovable, what you see is what you get.” Community champion Paula Robinson, who arranged the visit, 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.” She added: “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.”