Helping WWII veterans look back and ahead

Helping WWII veterans look back and ahead

In 2018 we worked with the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans to enable an opportunity for 120 Second World War veterans to pay their respects and return to the Normandy beaches which formed the backdrop to Operation Neptune – more commonly known as D-Day – the largest seaborne invasion in history.

“We rolled out the red carpet and arranged a three-day visit to Portsmouth by some 35 Naval Service veterans and their big-hearted taxi drivers.”

Our funding, combined with that of other military charities and fundraising by the veterans themselves through bucket collections at major London railway stations, enabled them to travel in a convoy of iconic London black cabs on a poignant five-day pilgrimage through Northern France.

The wonderful support provided by the Taxi Charity drivers – not just on these cross-Channel expeditions, but also on a daily basis driving the veterans to routine medical appointments, running errands and laying on outings for them to look forward to, is done so on an entirely voluntary basis and the livelihoods on which they depend are put on hold in order to provide this unique service to veterans.

Since the initial funding we provided for this trip, we have continued to support initiatives by the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans designed to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation, cognitive decline and depression among aged Naval veterans across London and the Home Counties and expand their social and support networks.

In 2019 we rolled out the red carpet and arranged a three day visit to Portsmouth by some 35 Naval Service veterans and their big-hearted taxi drivers and have since accompanied 40 veterans on another trip to Normandy, this time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

“Over the past two years we have formed a strong bond with this wonderful Charity. Its direct connections with the Royal Navy has opened many doors for us. This was most recently demonstrated during a visit to Portsmouth in April – all organised and paid for by the RNRMC. Three unforgettable days, made all the more enjoyable thanks to the company and support of the Charity’s staff.”

Ian Parsons, Chairman of Trustees, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans

We have continued to support initiatives by the taxi charity for military veterans designed to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation, cognitive decline and depression among aged naval veterans across London and the home counties and expand their social and support networks

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