Dying Northampton dad ‘overwhelmed’ after truck convoy granted him lifelong wish

The Dunstable Truck Convoy gave builder John Luckett a 67th birthday to remember, by taking him for a spin in a lorry - granting a lifelong wish.

The Dunstable Truck Convoy gave builder John Luckett a 67th birthday to remember, by taking him for a spin in a lorry - granting a lifelong wish.

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A former Northampton builder’s dying wish to ride in an articulated lorry was granted when a whole convoy agreed to take him on an hour-long trip, and even blast out his favourite tunes.

Kingsthorpe father-of-two John Luckett’s family rallied to give him a memorable 67th birthday this week, shortly after finding out he had terminal cancer.

John Luckett and his wife Val by the convoy on Sunday.

John Luckett and his wife Val by the convoy on Sunday.

On Sunday they arranged for the Dunstable Truck Convoy team to take him on a trip around the south of Northamptonshire, starting and finishing at the Jacks Hill truck stop in Towcester.

Daughter Sam, who helped organise the event, said it was an emotional day as it is something he has always wanted to do.

She said: “Dad was totally overwhelmed by it.

“I just couldn’t thank them enough on Sunday, it just goes to show there are some really lovely people out there.

“It was so nice to see dad happy.”

The family supplied the convoy team with a playlist of Mr Luckett’s favourite songs, which one of the trucks played from a loudspeaker on their journey.

The team stages events throughout the year including an 80-plus lorry rally through Dunstable in aid of armed forces charities every June.

One of the main organisers Graham Munt, said he was “bombarded with offers” from drivers after he was approached by Mr Luckett’s family.

He said: “Upon receiving the request I put out a call to some of the guys to see who would help, our truckers never fail to amaze.

“It is heartwarming to know we have so many caring truck drivers on our roads.”

And Mr Luckett’s daughter Sam is not stopping there either.

On October 1 she is having her hair shaved off for charity in the hope of raising enough funds to send her dad on a last holiday to Cornwall. Proceeds will also go to the Little Princess Trust.

In December the Dunstable Truck Convoy organisers will be bringing “Santa and the Christmas Truck” to Dunstable, to raise funds for child cancer charities and Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a cause that helps the children of parents who have died in conflicts.