Dame Vera Lynn died on 18 June 2020, aged 103, she was patron of the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans for over 50 years. Dame Vera Lynn was not only our patron, but she was a great friend who gave her time freely for 'The Boys' as she called the veterans - and they loved her for it.
Paul Davis, Honorary Secretary, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said: "In the early days, Vera Lynn would sing on the stage at the Town Hall, during the charity’s annual outing to Worthing, having driven herself and her brother Roger from her home in Ditchling to attend the event she loved so much.
"During the lunch break, the veterans would queue to talk and shake Dame Vera’s hand while reminiscing and thanking her for her efforts during the War and beyond. Dame Vera never refused any of them and was seldom able to finish her lunch, but she never complained and always had time to have a photo with them and always demonstrated enormous patience and kindness for all 'The Boys'.
"Once, when the Taxi Charity was visiting the RAF Museum in Hendon, Dame Vera came into a back room and queued with everyone to make tea for the veterans and then sat down with her tea and chatted to them. This was the Vera we knew, always helpful, kind and considerate, she was never a diva but always put 'The Boys' first.
"These visits made memories that the veterans would never forget. She was their sweetheart and her music had helped them to get through their darkest hours. On a personal note, it was a real pleasure to have met and known her."
Dame Vera was an enormous supporter of the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans for over fifty years, attending events when she was able to and promoting the work of the charity whenever she could.