A toddler so obsessed with Tesco that it was one of his first words has been given his own uniform, security ID and ‘start date.’
Three-year-old Jacob Waterworth, from Snaith, Yorkshire, is a Tesco superfan.
His mum Lisa Waterworth says he loves Tesco so much that he eagerly awaits the delivery of every online shop so he can spot their van.
While other kids may choose the beach or the zoo, little Jacob always asks to go to Tesco if offered the chance of a day out.
The youngster’s obsession has seen him earn the status of ‘official fan.’
He now proudly sports a Tesco employee hat, water bottle, name badges and security ID reading ‘joined the team in 2020’.
His 38-year-old mum was told that Jacob may struggle to walk or talk as he has the genetic condition mosaic klinefelter syndrome.
But the ‘strong-willed’ boy is now achieving things they once never thought possible.
The mum-of-four said that his new gifts ‘mean the world to him’ as Jacob spends his days playing with his official Tesco toy van.
The tot landed his uniform earlier this month along with a letter from the supermarket after Lisa put an appeal on social media asking if anyone knew how she could get hold of a Tesco delivery driver outfit.
Now Jacob proudly tells everyone he’s ‘a Tesco man’.
Lisa, who’s a sales representative from Snaith, Yorkshire, said: “When I showed him the letter he sat on my knee and I read it to him – oh, his face – he was absolutely thrilled.
“It means the world to him because he can be the ‘Tesco man’ – he’s gone to nursery with his hat on and everything to show them all – he says ‘I’m a Tesco man’.
“The letter was so lovely – it was so heart-warming that people actually care and someone has taken the time to write one that was really personalised to him.
“We didn’t think we’d get anything from putting the post on Facebook but they took the time to order him badges that both say ‘Jacob – started 2020’ on them.
“You can see by the pictures and by his little face that he’s just so happy – Tesco have helped make his dream come true – as it’s just what he loves.”
Lisa said her son has been ‘absolutely obsessed’ with Tesco since around the age of two – and it was even one of his first words.
So he was over the moon when there was also a £20 voucher enclosed in the letter, and that he’d received his very own woolly hat and water bottle from a local branch.
Lisa said: “We’re going to take him and let him choose something that he wants and he can go and pay for it himself, because he’d love to do that.
“He loves Tesco – he knows when they’re delivering our shopping and said to me the other day ‘what day is Tesco coming?’.
“Sometimes I’ll say to him ‘do you want a day out?’ Where do you want to go today?’ and he’ll say ‘Tescos’.
“If he sees them on the road he’ll say ‘Tesco, Tesco, Tesco – Tesco van, Tesco driver’.
“He knows what day the delivery is at his nursery and stands at the window and waits for them to come.
“Before covid they’d sometimes let him sit in the delivery van whilst things were getting unloaded – he just loves Tesco.”
Lisa said that Jacob’s genetic condition means that they feared he would struggle with walking and talking.
But he received intensive speech therapy and physio, and has improved by leaps and bounds.
His dream of becoming a Tesco delivery driver, his mum says.
“He was in a standing frame first of all because he couldn’t walk – for him to be able to pick the shopping up and help me put it away now is unreal.
“When he showed such a massive interest in Tesco, or anything, we encouraged it like mad.
“You ask him ‘what do you want to be?’ His twin brother says he wants to be a builder, my eldest wants to be a YouTuber and my middle son says he wants to be a vet.
“Jacob says ‘I want to be a Tesco man’ – he sits on the little toy van and pretends he’s a Tesco driver.
“He has the ability to do whatever he wants to do – we don’t ever stop him or say he can’t do anything.
“Whatever he wants to be in life, even with the disadvantage he’s got with his syndrome, he will do it – he’s quite a strong-willed little boy.”
A Tesco spokesperson said: “We know Jacob loves Tesco and we are a huge fan of his too!
“We’re delighted to hear he loves his special Tesco badges and we look forward to hearing about what he buys with his voucher.”
What is mosaic klinefelter syndrome?
Klinefelter syndrome occurs in males born with an extra X chromosome, according to the NHS.
The extra genetic information may either be carried in every cell in the body or it may only affect some cells (known as mosaic Klinefelter syndrome).
Most boys and men with Klinefelter syndrome will not be significantly affected and can live healthy lives.
The effects vary considerably from person to person.
These can include the pace of learning to walk or talk as babies, and of development during puberty. It can also lead to conditions such as dyspraxia or dyslexia.