By Liam Geraghty
An eight-year-old boy opted for a birthday party with a difference – by spending it in a bath of 200 PANCAKES it took his mum three days to cook.
Oliver Wynne, from Hawarden, Flints, has been forced to cancel past birthday parties because they made him ‘anxious’.
So mum Mandy Walsh, 46, was stunned when the youngster, who is being assessed for suspected Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD, told her he wanted a ‘bath of pancakes’ to celebrate his big day.
The devoted mum teamed up with her son’s support worker Janette Danks three days before his birthday on Monday and used more than 100 eggs and 15 bags of flour to fill the bath with pancakes and chocolate sauce.
The due flipped batter from the Friday through to the Sunday before setting up the surprise for the youngster, who decided he wanted to emulate YouTubers with the bizarre stunt.
And Mandy insisted all the effort was worth it for the ‘smile on his face’.
Mandy said: “Oliver gets very anxious about birthday parties so we have had to cancel some of his in the past.
“So when I asked him what he wanted to do this year and he said that he wanted a bath of pancakes, I burst out laughing and I didn’t know how I was going to do that.
“He goes to the support group that Janette runs called Autism Flintshire and so I told her about it and she said ‘I’ll help you with it’.
“We started making them on Friday and then we were at it all day Saturday and Sunday at Janette’s house.
“He was made up when he saw it and the smile on his face made it all worth it.”
Oliver spent just under an hour in the bath surrounded by the treats and chocolate sauce as well as his favourite chocolate bars – Kit Kats.
Once the youngster had finished with his birthday surprise, Mandy bagged up the mass of pancakes before donating them to a local farm to feed pigs.
But after the intense clean-up was finished, the schoolboy revealed he could have more surprises in store for his big day next year.
Mandy said: “Oliver doesn’t have much patience so he was out in under an hour and then we filled three bin bags of pancakes.
“He was covered in chocolate sauce and it was a nightmare getting it out of his hair.
“His brother Alfie filmed it and they have posted it to YouTube so every morning they have been checking the number of views.
“I’m dreading next year because he said he wants to do hot dogs and pasta.
“But he’s a really clever boy and he wanted to do it so that he could see how far the photos go.”