McGuiness confronted for parking in accessible bay

Christine McGuinness
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Christine McGuinness has shared an unhappy experience she was involved with when a stranger confronted her after she parked in an accessible bay.

The 33-year-old was granted a blue badge on behalf of her three children – seven-year-old twins Penelope and Leo, and Felicity, 4.

All four youngsters have been diagnosed with autism, Leo in particular has “unpredictable” behaviour which aggravates his anxiety level when his mum is trying find a place to park.

Christine, husband of TV presenter and comedian Paddy McGuinness, is now appealing to the public to be more understanding to drivers and passengers with hidden disabilities such as autism.

She told The Mirror: "It was quite intimidating.

"The man said I wasn’t disabled, my children aren’t disabled, so 'why are you parked in a disabled space?'.

"I take any opportunity to educate people on autism. But there’s a time and a place and it’s not when I’m in a car park on my own with three children.

"We all need to remember to be kinder to each other. If there’s a blue badge in the window, just believe they’re entitled to be parked there."

Christine is one of the parents featuring on this week’s ITV Tonight programme, Hidden Disabilities: What’s the Truth.

“It’s quite disheartening to know I have to go through this same battle in three years’ time," she said.

Christine and Paddy are currently filming a BBC documentary about raising children with autism.

In a previous interview Christine said: "Paddy took it hard and had some therapy.

"My attitude was, 'This is what God’s given us, we love them and will raise them as best we can.' I let off my steam at the gym."

Hidden Disabilities: What's the Truth? Tonight is on ITV, Thursday August 5 at 7.30pm and available afterwards on ITV Hub.