As chairman of this wonderful charity, I was so sorry to hear the sad news of Dame Vera Lynn’s passing. My involvement with the Taxi Charity began in 2014, so, unfortunately, I never got the chance to meet the great lady. That is my loss. Her contribution to our nation is incalculable, and the Taxi Charity was so proud to have her as our patron. We send our condolences to her family. Ian Parsons Chairman Taxi Charity Michael Calvey, chairman of the Taxi Charity from 2005 – 20
For over 70 years, the Taxi Charity has taken veterans to Worthing every summer to enjoy sea air, fish and chips, ice cream and a catch up with their friends. Sadly, this year, the trip has had to be cancelled. Since 1949, the Taxi Charity has escorted veterans to Worthing for a day out in this popular coastal town. In 2020, for the first time in its history, the trip had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Ian Parsons, chairman of the Taxi Charity, said: "Our veterans, voluntee
On Saturday 6 June, WWII veteran, Major Ted Hunt, and Taxi Charity chairman, Ian Parsons, spoke with Joe Talbot on BBC Radio Sussex about Ted's special D-Day trip to Worthing to lay a wreath for his fallen comrades at Worthing War Memorial. Listen from 1:47:30 to 1:55:15: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08f9f54 Or click here to listen via Soundcloud: #TedHunt #IanParsons #Worthing #DDay
Taxi catches up with LTDA member and chair of Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, Ian Parsons... Q. How long have you been a London Taxi driver, and did you enjoy doing the Knowledge? A. I got my (green) badge in September 1989. The Knowledge was, of course, a huge undertaking, but having lived and worked in London for most of my life, it wasn’t quite as daunting as it was for some. What helped tremendously was going to Knowledge school early on. I spent about eighteen months
This May, the Taxi Charity would have been taking WWII veterans to 75th anniversary commemorations of the Dutch Liberation in the Netherlands and VE Day celebrations in London. Sadly, these events had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions, so we arranged for a special gift commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day to be delivered to over 120 WWII veterans.
On VE Day, Ian Parsons, Taxi Charity chairman, and his wife Anne, delivered a commemorative VE Day 75 tin
Volunteer drivers from the Taxi Charity delivered more goodie bags to naval veterans in and around London today. The goodie bags - kindly donated by the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity - contained cheese, crackers, chutney, biscuits, marmalade, tea bags, coffee, chocolate and a small bottle of booze!
Ian and Anne Parsons delivered the treats to ex-Royal Marine, Reg Lee, and Navy veteran, Carl Williams. Both of whom live in High Wycombe. Meanwhile Taxi Charity committee me
The Taxi Charity is delighted to be able to deliver wonderful goodie bags to veterans which have been donated by the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity.
Each bag contains cheese, crackers, chutney, biscuits, marmalade, tea bags, coffee, chocolate and a wee dram of booze! Volunteers from the Taxi Charity, including our chairman, Ian Parsons, and his wife, Anne, have been out delivering the bags of treats to naval veterans in and around the London area, including Légion d'hon
The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans has been supporting veterans since 1948 and during the COVID-19 pandemic has called on London’s black cabbies and charity supporters to go the extra mile to ensure that veterans have someone to chat with or to do their shopping. Last week, the Chairman of the Taxi Charity, Ian Parsons, did some shopping for WWII veteran Harry Rawlins, who lives in Edgware. Harry, an Arnhem veteran, was in the 8th Armoured Brigade, 30 Corps and was part o
Taxi Charity chairman, Ian Parsons, was interviewed by Bob Mills on Talk Radio on Saturday 11 April. Ian discusses the history of the Taxi Charity, and what the charity is doing right now to help veterans that are self-isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic. #IanParsons #BobMills #TalkRadio
The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans has been supporting veterans since 1948 and during the COVID-19 pandemic has called on London’s black cabbies and charity supporters to go the extra mile to ensure that veterans have someone to chat with or to do their shopping. Last week, the chairman of the Taxi Charity, Ian Parsons, did some shopping for WWII veteran Harry Rawlins, who lives in Edgware. Harry, an Arnhem veteran, was in the 8th Armoured Brigade, 30 Corps and was part o
Taxi Charity chairman, Ian Parsons, explains how volunteer drivers and committee members are helping veterans during the coronavirus outbreak. The Taxi Charity has posted out special postcards to veterans, with phone numbers of supporters and cabbies that they can call for help or for a chat while they are self-isolating. Ian also gives a special thanks to RNRMC for its ongoing support. #IanParsons #RNRMC
Prince Charles praised the charitable work of the cab drivers when he met a much-loved taxi charity’s volunteers at the Ambassador of Netherland’s reception. The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans had the privilege of being invited to the reception at Hartenstein Museum on September 21. During the event its Chairman Ian Parsons and Vice President Dick Goodwin had the honour of chatting with the heir to the throne. They explained to Prince Charles the reason why they were in t
Today the Cabbies Do Kilimanjaro boys set off to Tanzania for the finale of their challenge - climbing Kilimanjaro! Here's a message from the Chairman of the Taxi Charity For Military Veterans, Ian Parsons: Dear John, Daren and Brian, I saw you on ITV London News on Tuesday evening and noticed that like the No.1 contender about to fight for the world championship, you’re all looking lean and hungry and "Ready to Rumble". You were once heavyweights, but your strict training re
On 21 September, we had the privilege of being invited to the Ambassador of Netherlands' reception at Hartenstein Museum. Our Chairman Ian Parsons and Vice President Dick Goodwin had the honour of chatting with HRH Prince Charles. Ian explained to Prince Charles that we were in the Netherlands to drive veterans to events to commemorate Operation Market Garden in our black cabs. Prince Charles praised the charitable work of the cab trade and specifically the Taxi Charity for M
A taxi charity is escorting veterans from the forces community to special, organised events - allowing them to share stories and revisit old battlegrounds. The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans holds dozens of events every year, bringing former soldiers, sailors, and airmen to their destinations. “They’re the best there is, they really look after us”, said former machine gunner Jeffrey Haward, who was twice awarded the Military Medal for bravery. The charity has enabled Mr H
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
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 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
Thank you to The Cab Driver newspaper for including an excellent article by Taxi Charity Vice Chairman, Ian Parsons, about our recent veterans' trip to the Netherlands. Here's Ian's article in full: On 2nd May, the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans organised a five-day trip to the Netherlands involving 19 volunteer London taxi drivers. The main objective was to enable 35 veterans (mainly WWII, including eight Battle of Arnhem) to once again participate in the country's Natio