Kind-hearted crane driver grants three boys’ wishes

Crane driver Luke Bennett with eight year old George Osborne (right) and his six year old twin brothers Oscar and Oliver.
Picture: Trevor Warr Photography
Crane driver Luke Bennett with eight year old George Osborne (right) and his six year old twin brothers Oscar and Oliver. Picture: Trevor Warr Photography

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Three little boys’ wishes came true when they got to meet and quiz a crane driver at Churchill Retirement Living’s new Apsley Lodge development in Waterlooville.

Eight-year-old George Osborne and his twin brothers Oscar and Oliver, who are six, were able to eat lunch with Luke Bennett after he came down from his office, 30 metres up.

The boys also interviewed Luke about his job, before Luke made the climb back up to his cab and spoke to them over his walkie talkie.

Shane Osborne, the boys’ father, said: ‘We live in Cowplain and my wife, Louise, drives the boys past the Churchill site on London Road every day on their journey to Berewood Primary School.

‘They always wave to the crane driver – who they affectionately named Colin –and ‘Colin’ always waved back. They were always pleased to see him, but Oscar in particular had a lot of questions about him, like how did he get up there?

‘We decided to ask Churchill if our boys could meet the driver so Oscar could ask him the questions himself – and we were delighted when they said yes!’

Oscar said: ‘I liked meeting the crane driver, Luke. I asked him Where do you go to the toilet?’

In response to meeting the three boys, Luke stated: ‘I was more than happy to come down and meet the boys.

‘It is a very exciting job, even for a 41-year- old like me and I am not surprised they had lots of questions. I always like to give them a wave too – it makes my morning.’

Luke and the construction team have since received numerous thank-you notes from the boys which are now proudly displayed on the site office notice board.

When it opens, Apsley Lodge will be a collection of one and two-bedroomed, privately-owned retirement apartments and shared facilities, designed exclusively for the over-60s.

Offering quality retirement accommodation and safe and independent living, the development is in a convenient location close to local shops and amenities.

The complex is expected to open in August this year.