Meet the London cabbies taking war veterans on tailormade trips, The Telegraph

It is time for celebration at the Royal Chelsea Hospital. Wartime classics float around a handsome, wood-panelled room, as three smiling singers – all dressed in blue, with hair pinned back smartly, looking for all the world like a trio of Wrens – entertain an audience of veterans. Many were wounded in action during the Second World War, but need little persuasion to join the knees-up on the dancefloor. Dotted among the veterans are dozens of taxi drivers, and the two groups know each other well: the cabbies are part of a charity whose mission is to take veterans on outings as far afield as the battlefields of Normandy and Arnhem. And it is the charity’s success that they are toasting to

National Lottery Press Release: Taxi Charity shines on TV as they receive National Lottery Award

The London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled Charity, aka the Taxi Charity, will celebrate their recognition as the nation’s Best Voluntary project by picking up a coveted National Lottery Award on TV in front of a star-studded audience. Staff and volunteers from the initiative were joined on the red carpet by celebrities such as John Barrowman, Rav Wilding, Ralf Little, Kimberly Wyatt, Katie Derham and many of Team GB’s National Lottery funded Olympic heroes as they accepted their honour. Millions of TV viewers will see the project recognised for their inspirational work helping veterans and the war disabled, in their homes and hospitals, throughout London and the home-coun

London taxi organisation for war disabled crowned UK's best charity, Evening Standard

The London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled charity has been crowned the UK's best voluntary organisation, following a public vote. The charity is made up of volunteer taxi drivers and has been running trips for veterans since 1948, including an annual seaside visit to Worthing. Last year, the charity used National Lottery to fund a five-day trip to the Netherlands. More than 90 London taxi drivers and volunteers took 120 Second World War veterans and their carers to Arnhem, where they received heroes’ welcomes on the 70th anniversary of the Liberation. The charity received took the title in this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search for the UK’s favourite

London's war heroes and taxi drivers named UK's best voluntary/charity project, Lottery Good

Strictly star Katie Derham was taken for a spin as she presented them with their National Lottery Awards trophy The London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled Charity is made up of volunteer taxi drivers and has been running trips for veterans since 1948, including an annual seaside visit to Worthing. Last year, the charity used National Lottery funding for 92 London taxi drivers and volunteers to take 120 WWII veterans and their carers on a five-day trip to the Netherlands where they received heroes’ welcomes on the 70th anniversary of the Liberation. The charity received 3,995 votes to win the Best Voluntary/Charity project in this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual s

Fast Eddie's Blog: September 2016 Update

Hello again all you taxi troopers! Fast Eddie, your vice president, reporting in with a round-up of events over the last six months. At the time of my last update in January, the committee was still considering our plans for 2016 and nothing was certain. As you are now aware, an awful lot has transpired since then, thanks to the hard work of the committee, the collectors, our taxi drivers and everyone who has contributed to our events throughout the last six months. February/March 2016 February and March were quiet on the events scene, but behind the scenes, committee members were working away diligently, putting plans together, organising recce trips, arranging transportation, booking hotel

Press Release: Taxi Charity voted UK's best voluntary/ charity project in the National Lottery A

The London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled, also known as the Taxi Charity, was presented with a National Lottery Award today, after the British public voted them UK’s Best Voluntary/ Charity project. Taxi Charity veterans, committee members and volunteer drivers were attending a summer tea dance at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, when broadcaster and Strictly star, Katie Derham appeared to present the award. The charity beat off stiff competition from over 600 organisations to reach the public voting stage in the annual awards to find the UK’s favourite lottery-funded projects. It received a funding boost from the National Lottery for last year’s trip to The Netherlands to ce

National Lottery Press Release: 75 Years of London Love: A wonderful World War II Story

The London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled, also known as the Taxi Charity, was presented with the news that they had won a National Lottery Award on Friday 26 August 2016, after the British public voted them UK’s Best Voluntary/ Charity project. Taxi Charity veterans, committee members and volunteer drivers attended a heart-warming 1940s summer tea dance at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, where broadcaster and Strictly star, Katie Derham appeared to present the award news. The charity beat off stiff competition from over 600 organisations to reach the public voting stage in the annual awards to find the UK’s favourite lottery-funded projects. It received a funding boost from the Na

Press Release: Taxi Charity stars on BBC One at National Lottery Award ceremony

WWII veterans Fred Glover and Geoff Pattinson and volunteer committee members from the London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled charity (aka the Taxi Charity) attended a red-carpet event which was televised to millions on BBC One this week. The Taxi Charity received the award in the Best Voluntary/Charity Project category of the National Lottery Awards. Run almost entirely by working or retired London taxi drivers who provide outings and events for war veterans, the charity received £42,000 from the National Lottery in 2015 to help fund a trip to the Netherlands to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Holland. The team met with celebrities including John Barro

Why the Taxi Charity has been nominated for a National Lottery Award: Our Collectors (Video 1/10)

We are so proud to have been nominated for a National Lottery Award. We were nominated because of our 'Return Of The Liberators' trip to Arnhem in 2015, when 92 volunteer taxi drivers transported 120 WWII veterans plus their spouses or carers on a memorable five-day trip to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of The Netherlands. We want to give an idea of what we're about as a charity. Over the next ten days, we'll post a short video each day about the trip, the charity, the collectors, the cabbies and the war veterans we help. This video sees our merry band of collectors - mostly World War II veterans - at Blackfriars Station in London, raising funds for our trip to The Net

Why the Taxi Charity has been nominated for a National Lottery Award: Jim Moore, London cabbie (Vide

We are so proud to have been nominated for a National Lottery Award. We were nominated because of our 'Return Of The Liberators' trip to Arnhem in 2015, when 92 volunteer taxi drivers transported 120 WWII veterans plus their spouses or carers on a memorable five-day trip to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of The Netherlands. We want to give an idea of what we're about as a charity. Over the next ten days, we'll post a short video each day about the trip, the charity, the collectors, the cabbies and the war veterans we help. Jim Moore is a London Cabbie who has been driving for the Taxi Charity for over 20 years. Here he is talking about why he volunteers for the charity.

Taxi Charity receives support from fellow service charities for National Lottery Award

A huge thank you to The Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo), which includes Help for Heroes, Blind Veterans UK, ABF The Soldiers' Charity, RAF Benevolent Fund, SSAFA, The Royal British Legion, Blesma, Combat Stress and Officers' Association to name but a few, for supporting us in the National Lottery Awards. Here's what was posted on the Cobseo website on 13 July 2016: The London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled reaches final of National Lottery Awards Cobseo member, The London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled has reached the finals of this year’s National Lottery Awards and is appealing to other service charities to help them get as many public votes as pos

Why the Taxi Charity has been nominated for a National Lottery Award: Des Paige, WWII veteran (Video

We are so proud to have been nominated for a National Lottery Award. We were nominated because of our 'Return Of The Liberators' trip to Arnhem in 2015, when 92 volunteer taxi drivers transported 120 WWII veterans plus their spouses or carers on a memorable five-day trip to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of The Netherlands. We want to give an idea of what we're about as a charity. Over the next ten days, we'll post a short video each day about the trip, the charity, the collectors, the cabbies and the war veterans we help. Des Paige is a World War II veteran who served in Holland during the war. Here he is is in a London taxi in The Netherlands, with friend Jack, talkin

Why the Taxi Charity has been nominated for a National Lottery Award: Ozzie, London cabbie (Video 6/

We are so proud to have been nominated for a National Lottery Award. We were nominated because of our 'Return Of The Liberators' trip to Arnhem in 2015, when 92 volunteer taxi drivers transported 120 WWII veterans plus their spouses or carers on a memorable five-day trip to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of The Netherlands. We want to give an idea of what we're about as a charity. Over the next ten days, we'll post a short video each day about the trip, the charity, the collectors, the cabbies and the war veterans we help. Alan 'Ozzie' Osbourne is one of our great London cabbies. Here he is talking about why he loves taking the war veterans on our charity trips. If you

Why the Taxi Charity has been nominated for a National Lottery Award: The Dutch love our veterans (V

We are so proud to have been nominated for a National Lottery Award. We were nominated because of our 'Return Of The Liberators' trip to Arnhem in 2015, when 92 volunteer taxi drivers transported 120 WWII veterans plus their spouses or carers on a memorable five-day trip to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of The Netherlands. We want to give an idea of what we're about as a charity. Over the next ten days, we'll post a short video each day about the trip, the charity, the collectors, the cabbies and the war veterans we help. We get quite a lot of attention when we take the veterans to The Netherlands. Here are a few clips from Dutch TV during our Return of the Liberators

Why the Taxi Charity has been nominated for a National Lottery Award: Dave and Stan (Video 8/10)

We are so proud to have been nominated for a National Lottery Award. We were nominated because of our 'Return Of The Liberators' trip to Arnhem in 2015, when 92 volunteer taxi drivers transported 120 WWII veterans plus their spouses or carers on a memorable five-day trip to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of The Netherlands. We want to give an idea of what we're about as a charity. Over the next ten days, we'll post a short video each day about the trip, the charity, the collectors, the cabbies and the war veterans we help. Often our drivers become quite close to the war veterans they take on trips. Here is one of our long-standing drivers, David Webb, talking about the

Why the Taxi Charity has been nominated for a National Lottery Award: Our war veterans love a singso

We are so proud to have been nominated for a National Lottery Award. We were nominated because of our 'Return Of The Liberators' trip to Arnhem in 2015, when 92 volunteer taxi drivers transported 120 WWII veterans plus their spouses or carers on a memorable five-day trip to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of The Netherlands. We want to give an idea of what we're about as a charity. Over the next ten days, we'll post a short video each day about the trip, the charity, the collectors, the cabbies and the war veterans we help. There's often a lot of singing when the charity get together with the war veterans... especially if there are a few beers involved. If you want to wa

Why the Taxi Charity has been nominated for a National Lottery Award: Fast Eddie (Video 2/10)

We are so proud to have been nominated for a National Lottery Award. We were nominated because of our 'Return Of The Liberators' trip to Arnhem in 2015, when 92 volunteer taxi drivers transported 120 WWII veterans plus their spouses or carers on a memorable five-day trip to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of The Netherlands. We want to give an idea of what we're about as a charity. Over the next ten days, we'll post a short video each day about the trip, the charity, the collectors, the cabbies and the war veterans we help. We don't know why he's called Fast Eddie but our Vice President Eddie Hillery is organiser-in-chief of our collectors. Here he is talking about our w

Shooters Hill WW2 veteran fundraising for charity run by London cabbie, News Shopper - 6 July 2016

A Shooters Hill World War Two veteran is fundraising for a taxi charity that arranges free outings for ex-soldiers. Geoffrey Pattinson, 92, who served in the 9th Parachute Battalion, regularly collects for the London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled, a charity run by London cab drivers who take injured ex-soldiers on trips. Mr Pattinson was awarded the Legion d’Honneur, the highest decoration in France, for his part in the liberation of the country. He said: “I’ve been taken on trips and involved with the Taxi Charity for about three years now and I can’t speak too highly of the charity. “The drivers I’ve had can’t do enough for you, and are always most helpful and courte

Why the Taxi Charity has been nominated for a National Lottery Award: Fred Glover, WWII veteran (Vid

We are so proud to have been nominated for a National Lottery Award. We were nominated because of our 'Return Of The Liberators' trip to Arnhem in 2015, when 92 volunteer taxi drivers transported 120 WWII veterans plus their spouses or carers on a memorable five-day trip to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of The Netherlands. We want to give an idea of what we're about as a charity. Over the next ten days, we'll post a short video each day about the trip, the charity, the collectors, the cabbies and the war veterans we help. Here is World War II veteran Fred Glover in a reflective mood during our Return of the Liberators trip in 2015, when the veterans took part in commem
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