A GRANDMOTHER whose grandson is autistic has extended her gratitude to ASDA in Widnes for going the extra mile by donating an air fryer to help with his limited diet.

Explaining he was struggling with staying at home, the boy's grandmother Dawn Prentice said: "One of his traits is sensory which affects his eating (lack of it). He only eats a very limited diet and the only warm thing he has is McDonald's chips. As they are closed we tried every other brand.

"We needed an air fryer as oven cooked and deep fried were not the same and he just refused. Karen on the customer trader counter at Asda in Widnes actually donated an air fryer on their behalf on Saturday."

She added: "We are thrilled as our grandson has started to eat the chips. We would like to say that your kindness is really appreciated and we cannot thank you enough."

Asda Widnes store manager Ruth Houghton said: "Due to the current situation the family was unable to get hold of everything they needed to recreate this at home, so we donated an air fryer to help. When the lady came into the store and we explained we had donated it, she was really overwhelmed. It was really touching and nice to be able to offer a small gesture of support that means so much to someone in these unprecedented times.”