A Halesowen teenager enjoyed a birthday to remember thanks to kind-hearted employees at premium express delivery company City Link.
Fourteen-year-old Jack Taylor, an avid fan of lorries and in particular City Link’s distinctive bright yellow and green branded vehicles, sat at the wheel of one of the trucks and met with some of the team at the Company’s West Bromwich depot where he was given a whole array of birthday goodies.
Jack’s special day was brought about following a special request to the company from his parents.
Mum Sally set the wheels in motion for a City Link surprise just before Christmas. After asking Jack what he’d like for a Christmas present she was surprised when top of the list was a City Link lorry.
Sally, of Stourbridge Road, trawled through various websites in a bid to fulfil Jack’s wish. But when her searches proved fruitless she wrote direct to City Link which had a model truck delivered to Jack’s door.
But wanting to give the company’s young fan even more of a treat Mick Dewhurst, General Manager of City Link’s West Bromwich depot, invited Jack and his family into the depot where he was also given the chance to get behind the wheel of a City Link truck.
Sally said: "Jack is autistic and an avid lorry-watcher. He gets so excited when he sees a City Link lorry go by. His language is very poor, but when we asked him what he wanted for Christmas, we were surprised when he replied ‘City Link lorry’.
"We tried all the usual channels – even ebay and Corgi, but all to no avail. But he loved sitting in the lorry. The staff also gave him a birthday cake, a fleece, posters and a mug. He was delighted – the employees at City Link gave Jack – and us – a happy day that we will remember for a long, long time."
Mick Dewhurst added: "It is great to see a young person like Jack being such a big fan of our lorries. He is a great lad – a real character – and was really excited when we presented him with one of his very own. City Link is only too pleased to have helped contribute to a special birthday for Jack."