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People on the autism spectrum have a gift known as ‘hyperfocus’.  They can concentrate for extended periods, and to the exclusion of all other matters, on the things that really interest them.  Connor’s areas of meticulous and detailed interest included buses and Eddie Stobart lorries.  But his interest in the vehicles did not preclude an interest in, and empathy for, the people behind the machines.

Three years ago, Edward Stobart Jnr, son of the eponymous founder of the haulage firm, died aged 56.  Connor posted his thoughts on the Carlisle News and Star website:

I’m really sad that you died. Eddie Stobart is my favourite thing in the whole wide world. I’m wearing an Eddie Stobart right now.
Love Connor. x
Posted by Connor Sparrowhawk on 1 April 2011 at 14:29

Connor, I’m really upset that you died.  We hope that one day soon there may be a ‘Connor’ Eddie Stobart lorry.  I wish you were here to see your name on a bus livery right now.
Love, K.  x
Posted by kara2008 on 1 April 2014 at 02:29