With London transport being such a lucrative business drivers and firms have a responsibility to do their bit for charity, often getting involved in existing organisations as well as setting up their own. This week we are excited to announce that The London Taxi Benevolent Association has been named UK’s Best Charity; an organisation that offers free travel to war veterans.
Built up of a convoy of volunteer taxi drivers the charity has been running since 1948, responsible for running trips such as the annual seaside visit to Worthing.
Just last year the charity used National Lottery to foot the bill for a five-day trip to the Netherlands, involving over 90 London taxi drivers. Transporting 120 Second World War veterans and their carers to Arnhem, the heroes received a warm welcome, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Liberation in style.
Proud to receive the prestigious prize of £3,000 from the National Lottery the charity will be attended a star-studded event this September, broadcaster by BBC One. This was announced and presented by Strictly Star and broadcaster Katie Derham, overwhelmed when seeing this amazing charity in action.
She said: “I have been bowled over by the special bond between the London taxi drivers and the veterans.
“It is great that projects like this receive funding, thanks to National Lottery players who raise £36 million every week for good causes across the UK.”
Fred Glover, a 90-year-old Second World War veteran, is equally as passionate about the charity, recently undertaking two parachutes in the name of charity.
“I’m over the moon that this magnificent charity has won a National Lottery award.
“The cab drivers and committee members are all volunteers. They look after us so well on our trips and outings. I’m proud to be associated with them” he commented.
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