The team at the Felling depot for Tuffnells, has made the wish of a ten-year-old boy with autism come true, by giving him the chance to be a driver for the day.

Tuffnells super-fan, Joshua Bancroft, of Sacriston, Durham, was invited with his family to spend a morning with the delivery drivers at the depot and meet his heroes in person.

This followed Joshua’s mother contacting Callum Chapman, Traffic Supervisor at Felling, to commend a Tuffnells driver who took the time to speak with him and let him sit in his van when he delivered a parcel to their home.

She explained that her son loved the Tuffnells trucks and dreamed of driving one himself. When the team realised the impact that the kind gesture had on the young boy, they set about arranging the special day, all geared towards making his dream come true.

During the day, in addition to getting a taste of life as a Tuffnells driver, Joshua was presented with his very own uniform and a Tuffnells’ lorry was named in his honour.

Lee Jackman, Area Distribution Manager at Tuffnells’ Felling, said:

“We’re so pleased we were able to arrange such a wonderful day for one of Tuffnells’ extra-special fans.

“In total, seven members of staff gave up their Saturday morning to make this a memorable experience for Joshua. His expression when he saw that the truck was named after him was priceless, and it was so lovely to be able to play a part in making his dreams come true.”

Joshua’s mother, Lynsey Bancroft, said of the day:

“I am overwhelmed by what the team at Tuffnells has done for Joshua. For children with special needs, days like this are so important. I would just like to say thank you again to the team who gave up their time to make this a day that he’ll never forget.”

Operating from a UK network of 37 depots, Tuffnells specialises in transporting irregular consignments that other companies find difficult to deliver. The company has over 100 years’ experience and offers reliable collection and delivery services across the UK and internationally, making it a popular choice for its 4,000+ customer-base.