Asda Checkout Colleague Brigeen Makes 12-Year-Old George’s Day

12-year-old George Shields, who is autistic, loves shopping at Asda’s Downpatrick store with his mum Georgine and eight-year-old sister Anna, but it can be a little bit overwhelming at times.

So, when Asda Downpatrick checkout colleague Brigeen Henderson saw that George was getting a little upset on one visit, she calmly chatted to him and asked him if he’d like to have a go on the till.

Georgine, George’s mum said:

“Brigeen was absolutely fantastic with him; she really made mine and George’s day. She was just so kind. He loved having a go on the checkouts and kept talking about it when he got home. It may have been something small, but it was a big deal for George.

“He loves going to Asda, but sometimes he can get a little overwhelmed. But Brigeen just knew what to do and we can’t praise her enough.”

51-year-old Brigeen, who’s worked at the store for seven years, has two grown-up children of her own. She said:

“I could see that George was getting a bit overwhelmed and his mum seemed a little stressed, so I just decided to go and help and opened up a till for them and asked if he’d like to have a go. George did a brilliant job scanning the shopping. He just needed a bit of help and encouragement. He was such a lovely little boy.”

Store Manager Ciara Smyth, who has nominated Brigeen for an Asda Service Superstar award for her kindness, said:

“A massive well done to Brigeen for once again going over and above to deliver great service to our customers. Brigeen, your kindness really made a difference and as George’s mum said really made his day!”

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