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Taxi cabs come together for veterans on Remembrance Sunday

Poppy Cabs is a free service for veterans, which this year also supported bereaved families

On 14 November, the capital fell silent at 11am, along with hundreds of London’s black cab drivers who volunteer for the Taxi Charity.

The volunteers came together to drive veterans from train and tube stations to the Cenotaph and the Parade as part of the Poppy Cabs free service.

Since 2009, London’s black taxis have provided a Poppy Cabs taxi service for people attending the annual Remembrance Day service and parade on Sunday, November 14.

The free service is funded entirely by the cab drivers who donate their time and their black cabs to take veterans from stations across the capital to the Cenotaph.

Mike Hughes, Poppy Cabs coordinator, said: "2021 marks 100 years since the Royal British Legion was founded in 1921, and it will be the first opportunity for this parade to take place since the start of the Covid pandemic.

He continued: "Each year we sell Poppy Cabs badges and the money we raise supports the Royal British Legion and the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.

"This year our Poppy Cabs volunteers not only remembered those from the armed forces and our veterans from all conflicts, but also remember the London cab drivers lost due to Covid-19.

“In addition to looking after our WWII veterans, the charity also supported 90 family members who attended the parade from Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

"The charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, was founded by Nikki Scott following the death of her husband in Afghanistan, for bereaved British Forces children."

“Knowing that the Poppy Cabs service is available relieves much of the stress of attending this emotional event and very year we are overwhelmed by the support of the London cab trade and the men and women who give us their time and vehicles."


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