Amelia-Rose Lucas standing next to the fire truck named after her
A Sheppey schoolgirl has been honoured by having a third Eddie Stobart vehicle named after her.
A fire engine owned by the company at London Southend Airport, which is part of the Stobart Group, takes its name from Amelia-Rose Lucas.
Her family had no idea it existed, despite the fact the seven-year-old has had the privilege twice before.
They found out when her dad Gary Lucas, who works as a traffic planner for Eddie Stobart in Dartford, received a message on the company’s internal email.
Amelia-Rose Lucas behind the wheel of the fire truck named after her
Luckily, it was in time to watch the name being inscribed on the front of the fire engine during an episode of the Channel 5 programme Eddie Stobart: Trucks & Trailers.
During the summer holidays Amelia-Rose was able to go and see the vehicle for herself.
The first time the Halfway Houses Primary pupil had one of the fleet named after her was a year after she was born, when the haulage firm had a contract with Sittingbourne-based business Knauf Drywall.
Amelia-Rose was chosen in part for her inspirational story, which was featured on the BBC programme Horizon.
Before she was born her mother Rachel Lucas, 33, had been through six miscarriages.
Through a pioneering steroid treatment, she was finally able to have a daughter, and nearly two years ago a son named Harry.
The Eddie Stobart lorry named after Amelia Rose Lucas
Mrs Lucas, of Holmside Avenue, Halfway, said: “It was quite a long journey to get her. My dad used to work for Eddie Stobart and he was quite high up in the company and he spoke to the right people about her story.”
In 2011, Amelia-Rose had one of the distinctive green and white lorries named after her when her dad put her forward again.
They have only been able to see it in pictures as it is based in Warrington – and time is running out as the vehicles have a shelf life of three years.
Mrs Lucas said it is very rare to have more than one Eddie Stobart with the same name and there are long waiting lists of people eager to see their name on one of the vehicles.