On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, officially presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to 15 voluntary groups, including the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, at Westminster Abbey
On 27 September 2021, Taxi Charity volunteers, Ian Parsons and Dick Goodwin, attended an Honours and Awards Presentation at Westminster Abbey to officially receive the prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS).
The Taxi Charity had been notified on the 2 June that it had been awarded the QAVS, the highest prize given to local volunteer groups and widely regarded as the equivalent of an MBE for volunteers.
Today the charity was delighted to receive the QAVS crystal from the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.
Ian Parsons, London cabbie and chairman of the Taxi Charity, said: "This morning’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service presentation at Westminster Abbey was a very proud moment for our charity and trade. As a London cabbie, I was deeply honoured to receive the award on behalf of the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans. I am fully aware it is thanks to the efforts of all those who have supported our wonderful charity since its modest beginnings in 1948 which made this possible, and I would like to take the opportunity today to pay tribute to all concerned."