Mum’s plea for birthday wishes as disabled Sheffield Wednesday fan to celebrate at home

The mother of a young Sheffield Wednesday fan has asked people to send birthday wishes to prevent coronavirus ruining his special day.

Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 8:54 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 8:55 am

Archie Evans is due to turn nine this Sunday, March 29, and was looking forward to celebrating with a family trip to Butlin’s.

But the Owls-mad youngster, who has severe autism, will instead be stuck at home in Clifton, Rotherham, with his little sister Daisy, aged two, big brother Finley, 10, mum Keri and dad Tom, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sheffield Wednesday-mad Archie Evans is due to turn nine this Sunday, March 29

Keri, who is a support worker, said: “He doesn’t really understand why he has to stay at home and can’t do anything big to celebrate his birthday.

“His favourite places are Butlin’s and Hillsborough, and he can’t go to either at the moment.

“He loves people and only sees the good in them, so it’s really hard for him having to stay at home because of coronavirus.

“That’s why it would mean so much to Archie if we can get as many birthday messages as possible for him. It will show him he doesn’t have to physically see people for his birthday to be special.”

Keri has asked for people to send Archie birthday wishes via Twitter and says she has already been blown away by the ‘unbelievable’ response, with Wednesday superfan Tango, whose real name is Paul Gregory, among those to have answered the appeal.

To wish Archie a happy birthday, you can send your message via Twitter to @KeriEvans070516.