THE son of a lorry driver — crushed to death by a reversing truck — has been given fresh hope in his dream of following in his father’s footsteps.
Alfie Adams wants to become an HGV driver but was left grief-stricken and with an uncertain future when his father Danny died, aged just 63, last month.
Mr Adams was crushed by a lorry in a yard in Swinton and died after a nine-hour emergency operation.
Alfie, aged 14, has grown up around trucks and already did part-time work and odd jobs for his father before he died.
But without his dad to provide on-the-spot lessons, Alfie’s mum Angela, aged 55, was left unsure how to fund Alfie’s training in just over three years’ time when he turns 18.
She told mourners at Mr Adams’ funeral that any donations made were to be put in a trust to pay for Alfie’s training.
Now, Atherton firm ransport Training Academy (TTA), has stepped in to help.
Owner David Coupe has agreed to provide Alfie’s training so he can get a HGV licence for free after he read about Mr Adams’ death in The Bolton News.
Mrs Adams said: “This is brilliant because for Alfie, he had not just lost his dad but he almost lost his future.
“I’m so grateful because this is all Alfie has ever wanted to do.
“It is wonderful they have come forward with something like this.
“Alfie deserves it — he is a polite, well-mannered and got a really good work ethic.”
Alfie has also been invited to go to TTA’s yard in Gloucester Street to perform odd jobs, like he used to for his dad.
He first went in a cabin with Mr Adams when he was in a carry-cot and travelled to Ireland with him on a job when he was aged six.
Alfie said: “It is so nice of them.
“It all comes from my dad. It’s the lifestyle, it’s what I’ve grown up with, ever since I was born.
“In fact I think my dad was on a job when I was born.
“I was always going to try to do this anyway but this will be a huge help.”
David Coupe, TTA’s owner, who was alerted to the story by Steve Walsh, one of his instructors, said: “We want to support people in these situations.
“Steve, shouted up, ‘did you see this last night in the paper?’ and it went from there.
“When I looked at the story, I thought ‘we will do it for him’.
“We’re glad we can help.”