'Hundreds and hundreds' of cards arrive for #Brent's birthday

Brent has spent hours making his way through the box of cards Credit: @AmazingBrent

Many of us have had to celebrate at least one birthday in lockdown, but for one Sunderland man, he decided to share this special day with thousands of people - virtually, of course.

@AmazingBrent, a man who has Down's Syndrome, is an active social media user and asked his 11,000 Twitter followers for cards to open on his 30th birthday. Brent's wish came true, with "hundreds and hundreds" arriving in time for the big day. Cards were delivered to Sunderland Minster, where his mother Jacqui works as a Priest.

#Brent began trending on Twitter in the UK, as more people wished him a happy birthday from around the world.

In the run-up to his landmark birthday, Brent also began fundraising for Down's Syndrome North East and has raised almost £2,000 for the charity.