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,
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.
The Taxi Charity has organised a four day planning trip to Normandy ahead of its veterans' trip next year. From Monday 4 July 2016 to Thursday 7 July 2016, three members of the Taxi Charity committee, along with seven veterans, will be making a tour of the area to recce next June's trip, which will involve some 80 taxis and 130+ veterans. Dick Goodwin, Ian Parsons and Terry Ward (aka Barking Bill) have the pleasure of escorting veterans Geoff Pattinson, Fred Glover, Bill Glad