The London Taxi Benevolent Association For War Disabled (LTBAFWD), also known as the Taxi Charity, was formed at the Bedford Arms in Fulham on 27 February 1948.
Later that same year, the first two outings took place, one to Brighton and one to Worthing. In total, 25 taxis were used to convey 50 disabled veterans.
1951 - 1962
Between 1951 and 1962, the number of volunteer taxi drivers increased to 60, which meant we were able to take 120 disabled veterans to Worthing each year.
In the 1980s, there were annual visits to Maidstone and Leeds Castle. The most notable of these took place in 1982 when, among the guests, were the wounded from the Falklands Campaign.
On the 9 and 10 September 1987, a return to Dunkirk was made by 200 disabled ex-servicemen. This journey of remembrance, involving 55 London taxis, conveyed war disabled from The Royal Star & Garter Home in Richmond, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, The British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association and war disabled persons from their own homes.
1990 saw the Battle of Britain Anniversary, which was held in honour of the Few. The guests at some of these outings included Lady Mountbatten, Charlie Chester and Harry Secombe.
In 1994, we organised a 4 day commemorative trip to the Normandy beaches for the 50th anniversary of D-Day.
On 9 June 1994 at 9:30 am, 75 London taxi drivers were given the honour of assembling on Horseguard's Parade, with 150 Normandy veterans, to await the arrival of HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
This must be one of the proudest moments, in the history of the London Taxi trade. The Queen Mother arrived at 10:30 am, accompanied by Dame Vera Lynn DBE LLD (in her capacity as Patron of the LTBAFWD), and Field Marshall Lord Bramall, the Lord Lieutenant of London.
Veterans and volunteers from the Taxi Charity were invited to Clarence House by HRH Prince Charles.
In May 2008, we returned to Normandy for a 4 day visit with 160 Normandy veterans in 95 London taxis.
In May 2012, we went to the Netherlands to celebrate the anniversary of VE Day with the Dutch people. We took 160 World War II veterans in 86 taxis. The British veterans were made guest of honour on three open-top double decker buses, which toured the town of Wageningen, watched by a crowd of 150,000.
The charity changed its name from the London Taxi Benevolent Association For War Disabled to Taxi Charity For Military Veterans. Also receives National Lottery Award.
In addition to the annual Worthing outing and Christmas lunch, in 2017 the charity took 250 veterans back to the Normandy beaches in 90 taxis (#backtothebeaches). Other outings included a lunch at the RAF Club, a trip to Inkpen, a fundraising event with the Red Devils, a boxing night and a trip to the Netherlands for Wandeltocht.
The Taxi Charity celebrated its 70th anniversary.