Little Joe Costanzo was super excited when he was gifted a miniature LJ Fairburn NHS Rainbow Truck for his 4th birthday this month – but he got the surprise of a lifetime when the real thing turned up!
Lorry fan Joe has always kept a look out for LJ Fairburn lorries, especially since the Lincolnshire egg company gave them a colourful new paint job in May to say thank you to the NHS.
On July 30, LJ Fairburn helped Joe’s family arrange for one of its special trucks to visit a lorry park near his nana’s house in Deeside. Joe couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw his favourite truck, especially when driver Dave showed him into the cab.
“As soon as we pulled into the car park and Joe saw the lorry there was the loudest shout of ‘Look it’s the NHS Rainbow Lorry, can we go and see it?’!” says mum Becky. “Dave was such a wonderful patient man and had so much time for Joe; nothing was too much trouble for him.
“It made Joe’s day. He still chit chats about his morning in the ‘NHS egg lorry’ tooting the horn and sitting inside. A huge thank you to the Fairburn’s Eggs team for making it happen, it honestly made a little boy’s dream come true!”
Lee Coupland, transport manager for LJ Fairburn, who created a miniature version of the lorry for Joe to take home, commented: “It was fantastic to be able to organise something for his birthday – and make him so happy. I’ve been lorry fan since I was little, with both my father and grandfather driving them, so I completely understand Joe’s love for them – especially the Fairburn’s rainbow fleet. They really stand out!”
The Rainbow trailers – which have been dubbed the #rainbowtrucks on social media – deliver eggs to food retailers across the UK from Fairburn’s Burgh Le Marsh distribution hub. In May, they were emblazoned with a 2.6m high rainbow thank you message to commend the work of the NHS during the Covid-19 crisis.