An eight year old Jewish boy with learning difficulties had “the time of his life” last week after being shown the inner workings of a plane by the crew.
Jack Azagury-Slattery, who has autism and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) was treated to the tour after his drawings of an EasyJet plane were picked up by the company’s management.
The youngster was grinning from ear to ear as he was given VIP access at the airline’s Luton academy at the weekend, with staff letting him fly in the pilot’s seat, operate the tanoy system, close the doors and slide down the evacuation slide.
“It was a dream come true,” said mum Deborah. “What an amazing thing to offer a young boy! Jack has many struggles but at Luton he was in heaven.”
Jack, who attends Sinai Jewish Primary School, appears to have an artistic talent, and when his mum put his latest drawings on Facebook, someone forwarded it to the company, who got in touch.
“They asked if they could use his drawings,” said Deborah. “We chatted and they soon offered for him to come and spend the day there. He had the time of his life. He really felt special – in the good sense! I could see it in his face, I was really grateful.”
She added: “I think nowadays it is important to point out when companies acknowledge children and children with special needs in that way and help make their lives a little better.”
Jack was a finalist in the young artist category of this year’s Visual Art Open, winning judges’ approving nods after submitting his black-marker scene of the school yard. “He has a talent for drawing. He finds it calming.” said Deborah.