16 July 2019

A visit to NET’s Wilkinson Street depot has seen a dream come true for a young tram fan recently diagnosed with leukaemia.

Touched by the story of six-year old Gianluca Fattore, members of the NET team invited the Mornington Primary School pupil to the depot where he received a special surprise – his named unveiled on the side of a tram.

Stephanie Moss-Pearce, NET Marketing Manager, explained: “One of Gianluca’s teachers got in touch with us to say the school’s librarian had written a story about the youngster’s regular tram trips to cheer him up while receiving treatment.

“We were so impressed with the tale we thought it would be fantastic to get some copies professionally printed while also offering Gianluca, his parents and classmates a day to remember at the depot.”

As well as being given the chance to take the controls of a real tram, and drive through a virtual city centre using a high-tech simulator, the highlight of the visit was seeing a tram named for the day in his honour.

Mum, Claire Fattore, commented: “He’s always loved travelling on the tram and knows the names of all the stops, so he was made up when Mrs Pearson wrote a story about one of his trips.

“To be invited to the depot and then to see a tram with his name on has really given him a huge boost as he continues his treatment, which is fortunately going well.”

The Fattore family, who live in Nuthall, were joined at the depot by a number of Gianluca’s school friends, teacher Alison Hamilton and librarian and author Pamela Pearson.

“It really was a brilliant day and we would like to thank everyone who made it possible,” Claire added.