A family from Derby is celebrating the life of Ari Rainford – a young boy who lost his battle with brain cancer in December 2015.

In his life, Ari developed a love of bin lorries, and knew his home’s bin schedule inside out! When he became ill, he and his family would play games on their way to his chemotherapy sessions, spotting as many bin lorries from the window as they could.

Ari visiting the bin crewsIn June 2015, Ari’s family contacted Derby City Council to arrange for Ari to visit the refuse team on one of their bin rounds. The team found Ari an absolute joy, and thoroughly enjoyed having him, his parents, and his little sister with them for the morning.

Sadly, Ari died in December 2015.

To commemorate him, his family contacted the Council again to see if we could include Ari’s name on one of the refuse vehicles. Today, their blue bin has been collected by a team driving the dedicated Team Ari truck, decorated with rainbow colours, a picture of Ari, and some of his own drawings of his house’s wheelie bins.

Since Ari died, his family have been raising money for three charities in Ari’s honour: Rainbows Children’s Hospice, CLIC Sargent and When You Wish Upon A Star. Their work for Rainbows Children’s Hospice has inspired the rainbow colours on Ari’s truck.

Ellie, Ari’s cousin, said:

I want to thank everyone at Derby City Council for this. It’s absolutely lovely and I feel very proud. We are doing more fundraising in the next few months – I’m doing the Bubble Rush at Markeaton Park, and I’ll be at the Alvaston Park Family Fun Day as well. This truck will help us celebrate Ari as we carry on fundraising in his name.

Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, said:

We would like to thank Ari’s family for their time this morning. Our refuse team has very fond memories of Ari’s time with them out on the bins. He was a truly inspirational young man. The rainbow colours on Ari’s truck are a true symbol of hope, making it bright and vibrant to celebrate a wonderful boy.

The tribute to Ari Rainford.
Ari’s tribute that is now on our bin truck.