Gaskells are delighted to bring you some very good news about a young boy called Daniel Kinsella from Liscard on the Wirral. Daniel was diagnosed with leukaemia days before his 5th birthday, and his dream job was to be a binman. Four years ago, while he was still battling the disease, and at the age of 6, Daniel became Gaskells youngest every binman, joining us on one of our rounds in Crosby. Our Managing Director Jonathan Gaskell had a special uniform made for him, took him on a tour of our recycling plant, presented him with a miniature Gaskells bin truck, and even named one of our trucks after him. We’re told Daniel loved his little uniform so much, he even wore it when he went for tests at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and for school.
We’ve stayed in touch with Daniel’s family, to check on his progress, and fast forward four years, it’s great news! His mum Michelle’s told us Daniel’s got the all-clear, and only has to go for tests once every four months, AND he still wants to be a binman. To celebrate, the family are now going on a once in a lifetime holiday to Australia, but as a bit of a treat, he’s been out in one of our trucks again.
Daniel and his family were on a half term break last week, at a holiday park Gaskells service, and as luck would have it, we were all there at the same time.
Our driver Marcin met up with Daniel and his mum, and took them both for a little spin. Michelle said: “I’ve never been in a bin truck before, it was great! Daniel was absolutely made up and the driver was lovely.”
Our Commercial Director Denise Banks said:
“Daniel’s story touched everyone when his mum contacted us back in 2014, so it was the least we could do to invite him out on one of our rounds . To get the update that he’s got the all clear, and he and his family can now look toward to a normal life is absolutely fantastic. We hope they have the holiday of a lifetime in Australia, and we’re very much looking forward to having him back in with us for a day when he and his family are home.”