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Southsea Boy Will Have 11th Birthday to Remember

Published: 13th July 2017 12:37

 L-R Lisa and Brett Jackson with Ben. Photo by UK News in Pictures

Thousands of birthday cards have turned up at a local boy's home after his mum put out a plea on Facebook.

The heartbreaking message told how nobody had turned up to Ben Jackson's 9th birthday despite mum, Lisa, inviting 25 people and described how, with high functioning autism, he found it hard to make friends.

Now he is destined for an 11th birthday to remember as he has already had thousands of cards from all over the world as well as packages delivered to his home in Southsea ahead of his big day on Saturday.

 Photo by UK News in PicturesNot only that, yesterday he received a special visit from police officers who had clubbed together to buy him a present and gave him and his friend Jack the opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to play in the police car  and handcuff the police.

 Ben is presented with a football by Pompey in the
Community's Louis Faith. Photo by UK News in Pictures
The surprises did not stop there. Ben was presented with a Portsmouth Football Club kit and football by Louis Faith from Pompey in the Community and a birthday party is being planned for him.

In Lisa's Facebook message she said that Ben had been kicked and punched and never gets invited to children's parties. The message was shared thousands of times and made the national papers. 

It read:

"PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can I ask for your help to make my littlemans birthday on July 15th one to remember this year rather than one to forget!!

"This is Ben, my son, he is 10 and has high functioning autism,.

He has a heart of gold and just wants to be friends with people but his autism makes it extremely difficult for him to achieve this. 

High Functioning Autism makes him a little different to the rest of his classmates and because of it he is often kicked and punched and is called nasty names amongst other things, none of which are good.

He is the child that never gets invited to other children's birthday parties, that sits alone in the playground, that doesn't have anybody round for tea and nobody to go out to play with.

On a previous birthday I hosted a birthday party for him, inviting around 25 children. He was so excited and really looking forward to it.

Only two parents replied to the invitations I sent out but the party was arranged and paid for and Ben was excited about it so there was no way I could cancel it, I wrongly presumed that a few more would just turn up on the day but at least two were coming which was better than none at all.

Everything was set up and Ben sat there eagerly waiting for everyone to turn up. 2pm came and went and nobody had arrived. 

Ben sat there saying repeating over and over they will come in a minute won't they mum. He still thought they would show up to help celebrate his special day.

By 2.30pm he was getting more and more anxious and visibly upset, he kept asking me where everybody was. I just didn't know what to say to him. It was obvious at this point that nobody was coming!!

It was the most heartbreaking moment ever not only for me but for him to. This day had a lasting effect on him for a very long time, he was devastated, it knocked his self confidence, heightened his anxiety and is something he will always remember.

This year I want him to have a birthday to remember and hopefully undo the damage of the previous birthdays which has had a lasting effect on him

Can I ask you from the bottom of my heart if you would kindly consider sending him a birthday card for his "11th" birthday to put a big smile on his face and make this birthday one to remember for the rest of his life!!!"

Keep up to date with Ben's 11th birthday celebrations on the Facebook group.

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