Paddy McGuinness flooded with support over family post and he admits 'it's hidden'

Paddy McGuinness has been flooded with supportive messages after a raw and honest family post. The ITV Take Me Out star and BBC Top Gear presenter posed at Manchester Airport after flying abroad with his three kids, who all have autism.

"Big shout out to the amazing @sunflowerlanyardscheme and the wonderful staff at @manairportuk They help massively in taking some of the stresses away for families with hidden disabilities. #sunflowerlanyard #holiday #family #autismawareness," Paddy said.

A fan said: "The Sunflower scheme needs to be international, its a different story once you land in a different country…." A second said: "Completely agree the sunflower scheme is amazing, our autistic daughter is nearly ten and we have just been on holiday on a plane this year for the first time, due to the worry of stress at the airport. But this scheme worked brilliantly.

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"We also used the quite room at Manchester airport which helped when things got a bit busy and too much." Another typed: "I have MS and Parkinson’s and the sunflower lanyard is recognised here in New Zealand. I have travelled internationally to Australia and England and airport and airline staff were aware of the scheme and very respectful and totally went the extra mile."

Another said; "Fantastic scheme I’ve been disabled 7 years and now my husband has terminal cancer so going away for us is even more challenging as he was my carer who pushed me in my chair, this scheme means not only will someone push me they will my husband and keep us together.

"We’ve not tried it yet for 2 people but they have never let us down before, so soon as we can afford to due to him never be able to work ,had ok from chemo team now he’s on monthly top up ,hopefully what time we have we can make memories and we mite finally get a honeymoon as we took our kids on holiday when we got married that gave us great joy. so this scheme is an amazing for everybody with the disability. Well done to the sunflower scheme."

"Just arrived back at birmingham -airport>Birmingham Airport with our ADHD daughter and was so grateful for the sunflower lanyard scheme. All the staff at Birmingham and Faro airport were supportive and kind. It made our travels much less stressful for us all," another said.