I was left in tears by McDonald's worker – incredible gesture for my daughter, 4, will melt your heart

I was left in tears by McDonald's worker – incredible gesture for my daughter, 4, will melt your heart

A MUM was left in tears of joy thanks to a kind gesture to her four-year-old daughter by a McDonald’s worker.

Candice Hudspith, 33, from Birtley in Gateshead, visited the McDonald’s branch near Felling Bypass last weekend with her two daughters, Harper, four, and Indy, two.

Harper, who was diagnosed with autism just before her fourth birthday, began to scream and shout, having become suddenly “triggered” when the entered.

Candice said that often she would leave a situation if Harper started to struggle but thanks to the kindness of a member of staff she was able to relax with a cup of coffee while Harper was able to calm down and enjoy a meal.

Candice told the Chronicle: "I don't know what had triggered Harper, when I got out of the car I knew she was hungry, but there was just something triggering her and the difficult thing is you can't ask what it is.

“Walking in she was screaming, saying 'no no no'. Everyone is looking at me like I am the mother with the screaming child.

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"As I was walking in Rachel, one of the workers, said 'oh wow I think I have a flag would you like one?' And she looked at me and said 'you're doing an amazing job'."

Harper darted off and hid under a seat but the kind-hearted worker got down on the floor with some paper and crayons and invited the toddler to colour in with her.

Candice said: "You could see Harper slowly coming out of herself. She was back in her little world, being happy Harper again.

"I literally burst into tears. I felt like I didn't even have to say that she has autism, it was like she read my mind. It was so lovely what she was doing.

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"I don't think Rachel realised how good her customer service was. It may sound like nothing to others but it meant the world to me. Absolutely outstanding service."

As a way of thanking Rachel for her kindness Candice took to her Facebook page with the post going on to pick up 3,000 likes with commentators also praising the McDonald’s worker.

The mum-of-two said she was touched by the response and shared her story as a way of thanking Rachel and to show what a difference small acts of kindness can make to a struggling parent.

She added she was also keen to encourage more people to be understanding of autism.

She said: "At the moment I'm doing a course on autism just so I can be more understanding, but when she was younger – and I think quite a lot of mums could relate to this – I was, not quite in denial, but I felt as if I didn't want to label my child. But once you get the help and you have the diagnosis you realise it's not labelling your child, it's getting them the help that they need.

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"All the doors open up and you are able to get the best for your child. If I had still been in denial I don't know where Harper would be now, but with me being the mum I am and having the support around me she's come on so much.

"If you do see a situation like that in public, you really shouldn't judge. I think our generation is starting to understand a lot more about autism, back in the day it would be just seen as 'naughty children' but I think there is more understanding now."

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