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Welcome to the Taxi Charity

The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans was formed in Fulham in 1948.

We offer international trips to Holland, Belgium and France, day trips to concerts or museums, transport to attend fundraising events, as well as special days out to catch up with friends and comrades.

To fund and facilitate these outings, the charity is wholly reliant on donations from members of the public, businesses and trusts and the amazing group of London taxi drivers who volunteer their time and vehicles so willingly.

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The 80th anniversary of D-Day

This year marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day. The Taxi Charity will be escorting veterans to France again in June 2024. In order to fund this trip, we seek donations from the general public and organisations...

During the Taxi Charity's recent visit to the Netherlands, London cab driver Ian Parsons handed over the role of chairman to fellow cab driver, Brian Heffernan.

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Episode 8: Ray Whitwell talks to the Taxi Charity about Operation Market Garden
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Episode 8: Ray Whitwell talks to the Taxi Charity about Operation Market Garden

In the summer of 2021, the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans spoke with veteran Ray Whitwell who served with the RASC 1st Airborne about the part he played in WWII. In the video, introduced by London cab driver and Taxi Charity volunteer, Brian Heffernan, Ray speaks about being in France in 1940 and how he escaped from Dunkirk; North Africa; and the invasion of Sicily and his time in Italy before returning to England to prepare for Operation Market Garden in September 1944. Ray was called up when he was 20 and went to Ramsgate on the Kent coast only to discover that his first night of army life meant sleeping on the floor, with a couple of blankets and his boots as a pillow. On 1 January 1940, Ray sailed to France. Once there, he drove a three-ton Bedford van to deliver petrol in tins which leaked, to those who needed it. Later that year, between 26 May and 4 June, the evacuation from Dunkirk took place and Ray headed to Dunkirk in his truck. Leaving his vehicle just outside the town, he headed to the beach to find thousands of British troops waiting to evacuate. Deciding that this wasn’t the place he wanted to be, he commandeered an Austin and drove to Lille. Once there, he exchanged the petrol he was carrying for a train ride to Le Havre and from there jumped on board a Dutch fishing vessel heading for Southampton. Ray’s part in WWII then took him to North Africa, the invasion of Sicily and time in Italy before returning to the UK to prepare for Operation Market Garden. Ray flew over to the Netherlands in a glider carrying a jeep and a trailer packed with ammunition and hand grenades which certainly made him consider what might happen on the way over. When they landed, their orders were to defend the landing zone from the Germans who were on two sides, which they accomplished. When asked if he ever considered dying, he was adamant that he always knew he would come home, and when asked if he was a hero his reply was simply, "No - I’m just ordinary". Ray was still in the Netherlands when the war ended, and he thoroughly enjoyed partying in the streets with the locals.

I am hugely proud to be a patron of the Taxi Charity

Vice-Admiral Sir Adrian Johns KCB CBE DL

The charity is a lifeline to many of our deserving veterans

Group Captain Mark Heffron

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