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Disabled youngster who is obsessed with Asda delivery trucks has lorry named after him

A disabled young man who is obsessed with Asda[1] delivery trucks has had the supermarket’s latest lorry named after him. Severely autistic[2] James Corker, 20, has had a love affair with the distinctive green and white vehicles since the age of two. He celebrated his 18th birthday at the fleet’s depot and when he was 19, staff chauffeured him to his college ‘prom’ in the cab of an Asda lorry.

Last year James and his mum Gill were taken to the vehicle firm Scania’s Swedish HQ, to see how the delivery trucks are made. And now delighted James, has been given the ultimate accolade by becoming the first person to have one named after him.

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James Corker is delighted the lorry has been named after him

Proud mum Gill, from Warrington, Cheshire, said: “He’s always loved Asda[3] since he was two years-old and the lorries in particular. “When he was 16 I took him to the depot in Warrington so he could see the lorries and take photos of them.

“He became a familiar face there so the colleagues invited him in for a closer look and it all went on from there really. “He now visits the depot every Saturday. He sees security guards, goes out in a lorry, and hands out delivery notes to the drivers.

“He’s on first name terms with all the drivers and he knows who drives each lorry by their registration number. “They let him get up close to the lorries and sit in the cab, and when they heard about his school prom they arranged for him to arrive in an Asda lorry. He loved it.

“All of them who have helped him have been wonderful. I can’t thank them and Asda enough. “Now he’s the only person to have his name on an Asda lorry which is so special for him and for me too!”

James’ special birthday cake

James, in his second year of an Entry Level 3 City & Guilds qualification in Catering and Hospitality studies at Petty Pool College in Northwich, Cheshire, is now on a work placement at Asda in nearby Runcorn.

The placement is part of the supermarket’s initiative to prepare youngsters with disabilities for the world of work. Gareth Hopwood, ecommerce trading manager at Asda Runcorn, said: “James used to be quite shy when he first started his placement, but his social skills have improved massively. “He talks to everyone now, whether it’s customers on the shop floor or colleagues.

He’s even been calling other depots and chatting to drivers to find out when deliveries are due. “He’s a lovely young guy, a pleasure to have around. In fact he’s made such good progress that I can see him securing a paid role at the store in the future.”

Nicola Colenso, Director of Student Services at Petty Pool College, said: “He loves Asda – it’s his world really. “He loves the trucks in particular. For Asda to take him and his mum to Sweden to see where the lorries are made was fantastic.

“For him to be working in the environment he is in is a challenge for him but it’s one he’s really risen to.

“The work placement is part of his study programme and part of the Government’s Preparing for Adulthood programme which delivers support and aspiration for young people with disabilities.”


  1. ^ Asda (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ autistic (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Asda (www.mirror.co.uk)

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