Mum thanks Boston’s Facebook community for helping autistic son

Autistic lad, Matthew Burgess at Vodaphone store, Boston, aiming to buy a new phone with fundraising money after he lost his old phone. L-R Matthew Burgess with Boston store manager Karl Roberts.
Autistic lad, Matthew Burgess at Vodaphone store, Boston, aiming to buy a new phone with fundraising money after he lost his old phone. L-R Matthew Burgess with Boston store manager Karl Roberts.

The mother of an autistic teen thanked Boston’s ‘Facebook community’ from the bottom of her heart after they helped buy him a new phone.

Yvonne Wright, of Wellington Road, Boston, took to the Boston Buy it Sell It Facebook page after son Matthew Burgess, 16, lost his Samsung phone on the way home from college to see if anyone had found it.

Unfortunately no-one had but, rather than leave it there, hundreds of people banded together to help towards getting him a new one - with people donating various amounts of money. One Facebook user Jeanette Waters has even made arrangements with Vodafone on Strait Bargate.

Mrs Wright said: “I originally posted on that site to try to guilt whoever found the phone into giving it back, these people, though, read it and decided they want him to have his original phone.

“I can’t explain how grateful I am to all of them. It seems to have become a lot more and it’s brought a real community feel on that site because everybody wants to help.

“I can’t, from the bottom of my heart, thank them enough for what they’re doing for Matthew.”

Matthew, who attends an independent living course at Ingelow Manor, celebrates his birthday on Christmas Eve, but had received the phone early because he had been making friends at college – something that hasn’t come naturally to him in the past.

Mrs Wright said: “They were giving him their phone numbers and he was sending messages to them on my phone. I wanted him to be ‘normal’ to his friends. He’s quite good with technology.

“It was an unlimited contract so he could call his friends and my mum.”

However, he lost his original phone when walking home along Wyberton Road, from college one night after popping into a sweet shop.

Mrs Wright added: “I had to go looking for him and went back and forwards along that road to look for the phone. Unfortunately, I’m worried someone may have seen him drop it and the phone was gone.”