Taxi Charity committee member, Graham Pike, is featured in the April edition of Transport For London's OnRoute magazine.
Graham, who has been on the Taxi Charity committee since 2013, was interviewed for a feature entitled 'Charity heroes: above and beyond'.
Honouring the brave
Taxi driver Graham Pike has always loved anything to do with the military and was in the cadets as a youngster and the Territorial Army for three years. So when he was doing his Knowledge of London 17 years ago and spotted an ad for the London Taxi Benevolent Association For War Disabled, commonly known as the Taxi Charity, getting involved was a no-brainer.
The charity helps veterans by providing entertainment, outings and specialised equipment.
Graham started out by driving the veterans, some in wheelchairs, to the many functions the charity organises. He has taken part in the annual trip to the seaside at Worthing and overseas to Holland and the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. He also regularly helps out at major stations such as Canary Wharf when veterans, resplendent in their war medals, collect for the charity.
He is now a committee member for the Taxi Charity and says: ‘I just love being with these guys who fought for us and now I can do something for them. When you talk to them and hear what they have been through, they’re just lovely. These guys are heroes to me and I want to do my bit to pay them back.’
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Click here to view an online version of the full April edition of OnRoute magazine.