Christine and Paddy McGuinness finally take first family holiday in 6 years

Christine and Paddy McGuinness finally take first family holiday in 6 years


Christine and Paddy McGuinness have shared the touching moment all three of their autistic children boarded a plane for the first time.

The delighted parents could not contain their emotions as they shared a photograph of Leo, Penelope and Felicity embarking on their first ever family holiday abroad – a trip that took the family six years to finally book.

Proud mum Christine captioned images of the kids waiting at the airport and heading into the aircraft with: “We done it our first flight all together as a family and it went so well.

"We are immensely proud of Leo, Penelope and Felicity. Despite all of the extra obstacles our children have to deal with, they stepped well out of their comfort zone and they done it so well.

"This has been 6 years in the making, planning and dreaming for a family holiday.

"We started with a weekend in Southampton (we didn’t want to risk going abroad for the first time flying incase it went awful, we knew we could get a train home) but they done amazing, I don’t think it will be long until we have our first holiday abroad!

"This maybe be a ‘normal’ thing to do for most families but for ‘autism’ families like ours this is a huge achievement!

"Thank you @manairportuk @sou_airport @flybe for assisting and understanding our children’s additional needs we really are so grateful."

In another post, she gushed: “This was it, the moment we waited 6 years for, boarding the airplane for the very first time!

"I wasn’t sure if my heart was going to stop with fear or burst with pride! ⠀

"There was some hesitation getting on but once they were in their seats they actually really enjoyed it!⠀

"I think our problem now is deciding where to go next?"

The couple are parents to six-year-old twins Penelope and Leo, and three-year-old Felicity.

All three children have been diagnosed with autism – a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to others and how they experience the world around them.

They are described as being super-sensitive to change, and travelling can often be extremely overwhelming.

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