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Taxi Charity in the press: The Independent, 15 August 2015

VJ Day: London's black cab drivers ferry veterans for free on anniversary of victory

London’s black cab drivers have offered veterans free taxi services on the anniversary of VJ Day.

Hundreds of drivers have reportedly offered their services to ferry elderly veterans and former prisoners of war to and from ceremonies in the capital remembering their contribution to the Second World War.

A shuttle service, running between Whitehall and all of London’s major transport hubs and organised by the Taxi Charity, has been operating since early on Saturday morning.

Dave Hemstead, a taxi driver and the charity’s vice chairman, told the Evening Standard he was missing part of his daughter’s 21 to help.

“It’s just something you need to do,” he said.

"It's just something I like doing. It's costing me an absolute fortune in lost wages, but it's great - I love doing it, and the veterans are so nice,” he continued.

Approximately 800 veterans have travelled to the capital to take part in commemorations, including a service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and a parade through central London, culminating outside Westminster Abbey.

The events, attended by the Queen and Prime Minster David Cameron, commemorate the end of the war against Japan in 1945.

Similar memorials have been held across the world, with couples congregating in New York’s Times Square and ceremonies held in Japan and across Asia.


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