Manchester Evening News
Leon Hart enjoys his first-ever trip to the supermarket
Four-year-old Leon Hart was born with cerebral palsy and had to stay at home while his mum went shopping as he couldn’t sit up unaided. This is the heartwarming moment a brave little boy beams with delight after being taken on his first ever supermarket trip.
But when mum Jodie Torevell, 28, spotted a specially-adapted trolley at her local Asda – even she couldn’t have predicted how happy a ride around the aisles would make him.
She captured the joyous moment on camera and shared it on Facebook, before Leon’s moment of happiness spread around social media.
Mum-of-six Jodie, from Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, said the trolley ‘made my little boy the happiest ever’.
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She told the Manchester Evening News : “He cannot sit up unaided and that’s why he could never go into a shopping trolley. He would always just fall to the side.
“There has been lots of online shopping over the four years because of it. I saw the trolley in a corner locked up near to where all the other trollies were and I presumed it is new because I haven’t seen it before.
“It’s specially adapted to hold his body up. I have seen them in America but haven’t come across them over here.
“He loved going around – he absolutely loved it. It’s something so easy and common for other people – but people take these things for granted. He was so happy and chuffed to be able to do what he sees others do, It’s a minor thing to many, but to him it’s massive. It really made his day.”
Leon, who goes to the Lancasterian School in Manchester, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia at the age of nine months.
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Jodie said: “He was very poorly and was on life support for 10 days. They did not think that he would survive and it all stemmed from complications with his birth.
“All four of his limbs are affected, although he can use his left arm. Everybody who meets him says he is the happiest kid you will ever meet.
“I want to say a big thanks to Asda because I haven’t seen this before. He sees other children doing things and wants to do the same – this is an example of that.
“He didn’t want to get out of the trolley in the end.”
Jodie wrote on Facebook: “Asda At Civic… Made My Lil Boy The Happiest Ever Today…To Some Kids Goin Round Asda In A shopping Trolley Is Nothing But Leon Has Never Been Able To Do This As He Has Cerebral Palsy And We Went Asda Today And Seen They Had A Trolley For Disabled Children!!!!
“My Son Was Soooo Happy & Chuffed To Be Able To Do What He See’s Others Do, Its A Minor To Many But Massive To Him… Well Done Asda – And Thank You!!”