On 9 July, Chelsea Pensioner Mike Smith did a tandem skydive with the Red Devils, marking his 100th parachute jump! He was escorted to the Red Devils facility at Old Sarum Airfield in Salisbury by the Taxi Charity. #mikesmith #reddevils
Thank you to The Cab Driver newspaper for featuring our recent article by Taxi Charity chairman, Ian Parsons, about the skydiving wives - Anne Parsons and Susy Goodwin - who raised £7,000 for the Taxi Charity. (You can read the full article below). On Tuesday 9th July at Old Sarum Airfield, Anne Parsons and Susy Goodwin - aka “The Skydiving Wives” completed their long-awaited tandem skydive with the Red Devils. Volunteer Taxi Charity driver Mickey Calvey was there (for his se
On 9 July, Susy Goodwin did a tandem skydive with the Red Devils to raise much needed funds for the Taxi Charity. Check out her wonderful smile! She enjoyed it so much, she wanted to go up again! #fundraising #reddevils #susygoodwin
On Tuesday 9 July at Old Sarum Aerodrome, Taxi Charity committee wives, Anne Parsons and Susy Goodwin, completed their long-awaited tandem skydives with The Red Devils. The jump was postponed from the original date of 1 May due to low cloud and high winds, resulting in a ten-week delay. However, the extra time allowed them to gain further funds and they have raised, in total, a staggering £7,000. Among the well-wishers at Old Sarum were their committee husbands, Ian and Dick,
On October 7 last year, at the Royal Hospital party, we rashly thought it would be a good idea to jump out of a perfectly serviceable aeroplane and do a tandem parachute jump to raise funds for the charity. We readily admit our bravado was fuelled by alcohol but were true to our word and despite the jump being cancelled twice due to bad weather we finally made it to July 9, and a date with The Red Devils at Old Sarum Airfield in Wiltshire. We were given clear, simple instruct
Ubiquitous Taxis, the UK’s largest taxi advertising company and an existing sponsor of the Taxi Charity, has organised a skydive to raise much needed funds for us. To mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, six Ubiquitous team members - Nick Wilson, Sophie Green, Stewart Carden, Emily North, Karl Maresch and Daemon Brown - will be jumping with the Red Devils. Their jump is scheduled to take place on Thursday 29 August, the same day that Chelsea Pensioner, Mike Smith,
On 1 May 2019, two Taxi Charity committee members' wives, Anne Parsons and Susy Goodwin, will be skydiving to raise funds for the Taxi Charity. Chelsea Pensioner, Mike Smith, will also be attempting his 100th parachute jump at the same event. It will be the first tandem skydive for both Anne and Susy who will be in the capable hands of the famous Red Devils. Anne will be dedicating her skydive to the memory of family friend Major Justin van der Pant, late 7 Para RHA. Justin d
On 1 May 2019, Chelsea Pensioner Mike Smith will be attempting his 100th parachute jump at an event to raise funds for the Taxi Charity.
Mike will be joined by two Taxi Charity committee members' wives, Susy Goodwin and Anne Parsons. It will be the first tandem skydive for both Susy and Anne who will be in the capable hands of the famous Red Devils and their jumping hero, Mike Smith. Susy and Anne are raising funds for forthcoming Taxi Charity trips, including this year’s
TFL's OnRoute magazine recently featured an article about the Taxi Charity and our fundraising skydive with the Red Devils... Two military veterans and four London taxi drivers visited the Red Devils in July for a sky dive to raise funds for the Taxi Charity. Korean veteran Bill Parr, 85, Chelsea Pensioner Mike Smith, 70, and the four cabbies were strapped to members of the Red Devils and leapt from a height of 14,000 feet. This was Mike's 99th jump and he said: "There were
Last year in Normandy, four intrepid cab drivers and I agreed to do a tandem parachute jump with the Red Devils in aid of the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans. Subsequently two of the charity’s collectors, (Mike Smith, a Chelsea Pensioner and Bill Parr, a Korean War veteran) decided to join our group, appropriately called Team Be Lucky. The aim was to raise at least £4,000 for the charity in this, its 70th anniversary year. Mike was doing his 99th jump, and indeed is hoping
On Thursday 26 July 2018, Team Be Lucky, made up of four London cabbies, two veterans and a Taxi Charity committee member, undertook tandem skydives with the Red Devils to fundraise for the Taxi Charity. Cabbies Michael Calvey, Dean Euesden, Jon Southcott and Brian Heffernan, were joined by veterans Bill Parr (85) and Mike Smith (70), and Taxi Charity vice president, Frances Wyhowska, at Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire. It's not to late to donate! https://mydonate.bt.com/e
Korean veteran Bill Parr (85) and Chelsea Pensioner Mike Smith (70) will be joining the Red Devils at Langar Airfield near Nottingham on 26 July 2018 for a fundraising parachute jump for the Taxi Charity. Mike Smith who served with the Royal Army Service Corps as an Air Despatcher will be completing his 99th parachute jump on the 26 July. His comrade on the day, Bill Parr, was with the Cameron Highlanders in Libya in the 1950s when he was seconded to the Black Watch and sent
On 26 July 2018, Team Be Lucky, made up of four London cabbies, two veterans and a Taxi Charity committee member, will be undertaking tandem skydives with the Red Devils to raise much needed funds for the Taxi Charity. Team Be Lucky comprises cabbies Michael Calvey, Dean Euesden, Jon Southcott and Brian Heffernan; Korean War veteran Bill Parr (85) and Chelsea Pensioner Mike Smith (70); and Taxi Charity committee member and vice president, Frances Wyhowska. Click here for our
On Thursday 10 August 2017, war veterans Ted Pieri, Fred Glover and Dick Carpenter (all 91), undertook tandem skydives with the Red Devils to fundraise for the Taxi Charity. They were accompanied by Chelsea Pensioner Mike Smith (68), who was making his 100th jump, Ted's granddaughter Hayley, and Taxi Charity committee member, Graham Pike. Getty Images sent photographer Leon Neal, who got some wonderful shots. And our own Dick Goodwin got some great photos. We have uploaded th
A huge thank you to all the journalists and photographers that came along to report on Chelsea Pensioner, Mike Smith (68), and WWII veterans Fred Glover (91), Ted Pieri (91) and Dick Carpenter (91), taking part in a skydive with the Red Devils to raise funds for the Taxi Charity and Royal Hospital Chelsea. Also jumping were Taxi Charity committee member, Graham Pike, and Ted Pieri's granddaughter, Hayley. This event received print coverage in: The Sun Daily Express Western Da
Chelsea Pensioner Mike Smith (68) will be swapping his scarlet uniform for a red jumpsuit when he joins two WWII heroes on a charity parachute jump this week. The intrepid veterans are skydiving on Thursday (August 10, weather permitting) with the Red Devils at Old Sarum airfield, near Salisbury. Remarkably, this will be Chelsea Pensioner Mike Smith’s 100th parachute jump. Mike said: “I am very excited to be taking part in this jump as it is 23 years since my last one! This w
More than 70 years ago, Fred Glover was a member of the British Airborne Division in World War II when his glider was hit by anti-aircraft fire during the 1944 Normandy landings over the Merville Battery battlefield in northwest France.
Falling thousands of miles to the ground, the Brighton native crashed into a nearby orchard, sustaining wounds to his legs. Captured by German patrols, he was offered pardon and recouped from his injuries at a Parisian hospital – and later e
Two 90-year-old D-Day veterans made their second tandem parachute jump in just five days - with one landing on the battlefield he was shot down over 72 years ago.
Fred Glover and Edward 'Ted' Peri donned red jump suits as they hurtled towards the ground at Old Sarum Airfield in Salisbury on Thursday.
It was their second jump in a week after parachuting into Merville Battery in north-west France, a fortified German bunker which saw fierce fighting during the 1944 Normandy
Skydiving for charity is nothing unusual - but skydiving at the age of 90 is.
Two second world war veterans did just that for the Taxi Charity, at Old Sarum Airfield in Wiltshire.
Ted Pieri and Fred Glover, both 90, launched themselves out of the side of a plane at 12,000 feet. The Second World War veterans were in the Paras, with Ted fighting in Arnhem and Fred in Normandy.
More than seventy years later, they jumped again, in the safe hands of the Red Devils display
Two 90-year-old Second World War veterans made their second tandem parachute jump in just five days on Thursday, with one even landing in a battlefield where he was shot down 72 years ago.
Wearing bright red jumpsuits and goggles, Fred Glover and Edward "Ted" Pieri hurtled hundreds of feet towards the ground at the Old Sarum airfield in Salisbury to raise money for the London Taxi Benevolent Association For War Disabled, also known as the Taxi Charity.
Last Saturday they