Christine McGuinness has revealed that shes often been questioned when using her disabled badge to park with her twin boys, who have autism.
The Real Housewives of Cheshire star, 31, spoke on BBC Breakfast about the importance of Blue Badges for people with hidden disabilities.
Christine was speaking specifically about using the badge with her son Leo, who has autism and hypermobility.
She said, “It makes a huge difference, weve only had it for six months but weve got so many hospital appointments it just makes it a lot easier to park there.
“Its a lot safer for the children. My children dont have much sense of danger at all when it comes to road safety, so they might freeze in the middle of the car park, or they might just run.
“Other people might look at them and think, that childs being naughty, or woman, control your children.”
Christine then admitted shes been left frustrated because strangers have demanded to see her Blue Badge.
“Nine out of ten times Ill be questioned on why Im parked there, am I entitled to use that badge, which one [of the twins] is disabled.
“Ive found myself having to calmly explained that actually my children are autistic and you might not be able to see it, but if I wasnt parked here wed be in a different situation right now.
“Theyre not comfortable being approached by complete strangers so that makes it even worse.
“Its just so hard because this isnt something we want, its something we need. Its not a golden ticket, I dont want to be using these spaces, I need it for the safety of my children.
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