Sadly, we have been recently informed that Maraine (Ray) Seal, George's wife, passed away on the 20 December 2015 in her sleep in hospital.
She and George Seal, who passed away last April, were staunch supporters of the Taxi Charity and both joined us on our 2012 trip to the Netherlands. George served in the RASC and Maraine was a Land Army girl.
George was one of our more frequent collectors and would only miss a collection if it was for a NVA meeting or similar.
Portraits of three Taxi Charity veterans are on display at The Queen's Gallery as part of an exhibition entitled The Last Of The Tide. This exhibition showcases 12 portraits of veterans of D-Day, inspired and commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales following his attendance at the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy last year. The portraits pay tribute to some of the extraordinary men that played a role in the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944. The 12 veterans are s
We were up early for breakfast at 7:00am. After breakfast we had to go through the loading up procedure once again - 95 taxis and 300 people - believe me, it was a nightmare but we managed! Once again, the convoy was on the move. We departed for Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery. A lot of Canadian troops lost their lives in this area, along with our own boys. We had a simple and dignified service and laid our wreaths. Looking around at our veterans gathered together amid the ro
Refreshed and rested, we disembarked at 8:30am and formed a convoy on the quay. The Dutch national police then took charge of us, guiding and escorting the entire convoy to Arnhem. They closed off all the motorways for us - we were the only vehicles allowed on the road. Before we knew it, we were in Arnhem. The police were absolutely wonderful. Our thanks to them for all their help. We arrived at Bronbeek Military Veterans Home to be welcomed by Dutch VIPs, local mayors, the
Hello again all of you wonderful people out there who helped our Taxi Charity to achieve our financial target and enabled us to take our veterans on this trip - The Return of the Liberators (1945 - 2015) - back to Holland to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. We gathered our veterans, their helpers and supporting volunteers (300 in total) together on Saturday 2 May 2015 from far and wide. Our 95 marvellous London taxi drivers (all volunteers)
Our veterans' trip to Arnhem might not have featured in the British press (aside from a piece in the Evening Standard), but it certainly didn't get ignored by the Dutch press. Here are some press clippings from the Arnhem edition of de Gelderlander newspaper and website. The Dutch press wrote about our veterans impending arrival in an online piece published on 29 April 2015: www.gelderlander.nl/regio/arnhem-e-o/arnhem/laatste-taxikonvooi-britse-veteranen-bij-gelderse-herdenki
The Evening Standard ran a story about our veterans' trip to Arnhem (2-6 May 2015). London taxi drivers honour WW2 heroes with trip to Arnhem Taxi Charity organises emotional trip for WW2 war heroes RAMZY ALWAKEEL Published: 06 May 2015 Eighty London taxi drivers were today due back in the capital after giving up their Bank Holiday weekend to take a group of war heroes on an "emotional" trip to Holland. The £120,000 pilgrimage, organised by the Taxi Charity to remember the Li
In May 2015, the London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled will be taking 160 WWII veterans to The Netherlands in 80 taxis. If you know a WWII veteran who might be interested in joining us, or if you would like to know more about this unique journey and the work of the Taxi Charity, please contact us. #outings #taxicharitynews #netherlands2015 #veteransnews
On Thursday 4 December 2014, the we had our Christmas lunch at Millwall Football Club: a wonderful lunch at a great venue. It was good to see a lot of familiar faces and some new ones enjoying the day. As well as many other veterans, it was great to be able to get four veterans from Bomber Command attending. Also a big thank you to St Jude's Primary School in Southwark for providing the choir to entertain our group. Click here to view photos of our great day. #taxicharitynews
A heartfelt thank you to our veterans who helped out with this year's British Legion Poppy Appeal at Paddington Station and at other locations around London on 30 October and 1 November 2014. #taxicharitynews #veteransnews
Visit to the Netherlands, May 2012 Len Brace, who served with 11 Air Formation Signals from January 1943 until June 1947 and lives in Ilford, has been on a 5-day trip to Arnheim, courtesy of the London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled (LTBAWD). On 2 May 2012 80 taxis, carrying 160 veterans, boarded the Stenna Line ferry and travelled from Harwich. They arrived at the Papendal Hotel, Arnheim, at 11.00am the following day. In a very busy programme, the following pla
Dame Vera Lynn honours taxi drivers' charity in Worthing NATIONAL treasure Dame Vera Lynn paid tribute to a charity for the war disabled, in Worthing today (Tuesday, June 16). Dame Vera was joined by actress Joanna Lumley for the unveiling of a painting by Rosa Branson to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the London Taxi Benevolent Association for the War Disabled. More than 400 war disabled veterans were brought down to Worthing today by a fleet of London t
War veterans' charity anniversary celebration Hundreds of war veterans descended on Worthing to celebrate the 60th birthday of The London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled The London Taxi Benevolent Association (LTBA) for War Disabled began in a pub in Fulham in 1948. A group of taxi drivers gave around 50 war veterans a trip to Worthing's seaside – an outing which became an annual event. On Tuesday, June 10, around 400 ex-servicemen and women gathered in the Assem
The London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled made their 56th annual outing to Worthing on 15th June 2004. This was also the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Normandy. Taxis arrived in the quiet village of South Holmwood where the villagers welcomed the veterans and the taxi drivers, supplying tea and coffee. The convoy left for Worthing around 11am and with the assistance of the local police who used a rolling road block headed off to Worthing. Lunch was h