Boy with autism builds Toys 'R' Us at home after local store closes

An autistic 11-year-old left "devastated" by the closure of his local Toys 'R' Us has been given official logos and signs to build his own shop at home.

Blue Martin had been visiting the giant shop since he was a tot and used to rewatch all of their commercials on YouTube.

His parents had to console him for weeks following the announcement of the closure of his local shop.

Blue's mom, Becky Martin, tweeted the store to ask if her son could have something to remember them by.

Blue Martin, 11, who has autism, with his mum Becky and the signs he received from Toys R Us in Gloucester after it closed. Blue's mum Becky tweeted the store asking if Blue could have one of their signs as he loves the shop and was devastated when it closed. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. An autistic 11-year-old who was left 'devastated' by the closure of his nearest Toys'r'Us store - was presented with a selection of gifts by the store on the day that it closed. Blue Martin has been frequenting the giant toystore since he was a tot, and his parents had to console him for weeks following the announcement of the store's closure. His mum Becky Martin, 43, says Blue's autism means he has 'very particular likes and obsessions'. She explained that the youngster, who also has unstable Type One diabetes, saves all the Toys'r'Us adverts and even watches the older ones on YouTube. And when Becky, an autism awareness campaigner, tweeted the store to ask if Blue could have something to remember them by, the store's providers went out of their way to help.

After his mom reached out to the store via Twitter, they offered him signage and logos to help him recreate his own Toys 'R' Us at home.  (SWNS)

The store's receivers went out of their way to help and gave him opening times signs, logos and a giant Geoffrey Giraffe.

Blue has now transformed his room into his very own Toys 'R' Us.

"He had been so upset for weeks and weeks. It helped him settle his mind that it was shut," Martin, from Gloucestershire, said. "The signs are all crowding his room which he is trying to turn into his own Toys R Us.''

"He's still really upset he won't be able to go there anymore, but it helped to give him a bit of closure," she said. ''He needed to see it closed to understand it had gone but he also wanted a sign for his room to remember it by."

"The receivers arranged for Blue and me to meet them at the store, literally on their last evening before the key handover to the landlord," she said. "They were so nice, and they made it very special for him. It was so good of them. He was very chuffed - he felt as if he was bringing home a bit of Toys 'R' Us."

Martin tweeted the store in the Peel Centre on the day of its closure, April 23, writing: "Dear Toys R Us I am sorry to hear your Gloucester store is closing today. My autistic son Blue is devastated and would really like one of your logo signs please. Is this possible? We would pick it up today."

"He likes the big toy stores because they do bigger collections of things," she said. "For instance, he's been collecting Thomas the Tank Engine toys since he was tiny - he's got every type of Thomas in every color. He's really into logos and signage - but this is the first logo he's actually got. He was completely in awe of the size of the unit."

Within hours of Martin's tweet the store's receivers, Gordon Brothers, got in touch with her and arranged the gifts.