This month, a group of proud London licensed taxi drivers will volunteer their time to take a group of WWII veterans to Holland for the 75th anniversary of Arnhem. Travelling to Arnhem with the charity, for the services of commemoration, will be Ron Johnson (98), Frank Ashleigh (94) and Ray Whitwell (100), who all participated in the Battle of Arnhem in 1944. They will be joined by other WWII veterans and four Chelsea Pensioners. The Battle of Arnhem was a major battle of the
This September, a fleet of London licenced black cabs will travel to Arnhem with eight Operation Market Garden veterans for Airborne Wandeltocht Every September, the town of Oosterbeek in the Netherlands hosts Airborne Wandeltocht, the largest organised walk in the world, to commemorate WWII’s Operation Market Garden and the route taken by British 1st Airborne Division as they headed towards Arnhem from the drop and landing zones. People head to the town every year to walk th
On Tuesday 26 February, Ian Parsons of the Taxi Charity escorted WWII veteran Frank Ashleigh (Glider Pilot Regiment) to Cranmore School in West Horsley, Surrey, to meet and speak with the children about his wartime experiences and his participation in the Battle of Arnhem. The visit was the idea of teacher-assistant Jane Barkway Harney, who is also chairperson of the Glider Pilot Regiment Society. Frank gave two thirty-minute talks after which the pupils (aged between 10 and
WWII veteran glider pilot Frank Ashleigh and Taxi Charity vice chairman Ian Parsons were interviewed by Radio 5 Live's Chris Warburton about the Taxi Charity's Back To The Beaches veterans' trip to Normandy, 4 - 8 June 2017, and about Frank's experiences during WWII. #FrankAshleigh #IanParsons #ChrisWarburton #BBCRadio5Live #BackToTheBeaches
On Sunday 12 February 2017, the Taxi Charity held the official London launch of its #backtothebeaches veterans' trip to Normandy in June 2017. The launch event was held at Wellington Barracks. London Live came along to report. A huge thank you to Taxi Charity Vice Chair, Ian Parsons, veteran Frank Ashleigh and volunteer cabbie Peter Waterfield for being interviewed on the charity's behalf. #BackToTheBeaches #WellingtonBarracks #IanParsons #FrankAshleigh #PeterWaterfield
Thank you to war veteran, Frank Ashleigh (91), and Taxi Charity committee member, Ian Parsons, for appearing on BBC Radio 5 Live on 11 November 2016. They were interviewed by Emma Barnett as part of an Armistice Day programme talking about individual remembrances.
Frank was asked about his story and recounted that having joined up on his 18th Birthday, a year later he volunteered for the Glider Pilot Regiment and became operational in July 1944, when he was paired with Loft
On Friday 19 June 2015, members of the Taxi Charity committee were invited to a special lunch at the Union Jack Club in London, where they were presented with a shield by The Glider Pilot Regiment Association. The shield was presented to Taxi Charity Chairman, Gary Belsey, by former glider pilot, Frank Ashleigh, as a thank you for taking a number of their veterans on the charity's recent Return of the Liberators trip to The Netherlands, as well as other veterans' outings. In