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Press Release: Five London cabbies pledge to lose over 25 stone and climb Kilimanjaro for Taxi Chari

Cabbies do Kili

Five London cabbies have joined together on a year long fundraising mission to lose over 25 stones before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

The cabbies - Brian Heffernan, Daren Parr, Roshan Varma, Paul Watts and John Dillane - all volunteer for the Taxi Charity and want to raise £20,000 to support the work the charity does to help veterans.

Roshan Varma, 49 says of the challenge:

"I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember and setting a goal to climb Mount Kilimanjaro after losing five stones came from my sister, who is a nutritionist. I sent out a tweet to get some more unhealthy cabbies to join me in losing weight and climbing Kilimanjaro and the response was fantastic. The idea to get healthy and raise £20,000 for the Taxi Charity has really caught everyone's imagination and we are overwhelmed with the support we have received to help us achieve our targets."

To support the cabbies, Be Military Fit owned by Bear Grylls has offered to help get the guys into shape with a year's training, free of charge.

You can follow the guys’ progress on twitter via @cabbiesdokili or on Facebook at


Meet The Cabbies

Brian Heffernan, aged 53, has been a London cab driver for 22 years

Brian Heffernan

Daren Parr, aged 52, has been a London cab driver for 14 years

Daren Parr

Roshan Varma, aged 48, has been a London cab driver for 4 years

Roshan Varma

Paul Watts, aged 52, has been a London cab driver for 26 years

Paul Watts

John Dillane, aged 54, has been a London cab driver for 6 years

John Dillane

About the Taxi Charity

The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans was formed in Fulham in 1948, to work for the benefit, comfort and enjoyment of military veterans and arranges many trips every year for veterans from all conflicts.

The charity offers international trips to Holland, Belgium and France, day trips to concerts or museums, transport to attend fundraising events, as well as special days out to catch up with friends and comrades.

To fund and facilitate these outings, the charity is wholly reliant on generous donations from members of the public, businesses and trusts and the amazing group of London licensed taxi drivers who offer their time and vehicles for free.

PR Contact

Christina Bowden 07984 433614

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