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WWII Royal Navy veterans enjoy dinner on HMS Victory

Harry Rice and Ernie Davies
Harry Rice and Ernie Davies

The Taxi Charity was thrilled to take two Royal Navy veterans to a dinner on board HMS Victory on Saturday 9 October.

The Taxi Charity, accompanied by WWII Royal Navy veterans, Ernie Davies, 96, and Harry Rice, 95, were delighted to be invited to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Benevolent Fund Dinner on 9 October on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth.

The Taxi Charity picked up the two veterans from their homes in Hornchurch and Guildford and drove them to a Portsmouth hotel where they enjoyed a tot of rum before heading to the historic dockyard, where special security arrangements had been made for the London black cab to pull up alongside Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory.

Harry Rice
Harry Rice

Accompanying the veterans at the event hosted by the DMRC were Taxi Charity vice president, Frances Wyhowska, and London cabbie and volunteer driver, Mickey Calvey.

Frances Wyhowska said: "The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans is proud of its links with the DMRC and was honoured to be included as guests at the Benevolent Fund Dinner on board Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory. It was an added bonus that we were able to take two WWII Royal Naval veterans who enjoyed an outstanding evening."

Ernie Davies, WWII Royal Navy Veteran and member of the Taxi Charity family, said: "Harry and I had such a fabulous weekend. The Taxi Charity picked us up from home, took us to the dinner, paid for our overnight stay in a hotel and then after a hearty breakfast took us home again. The DMRC dinner was a fantastic occasion and we felt very privileged to have been invited to attend this evening on the Royal Navy's most famous warship."

Harry Rice and Ernie Davies with fellow guests
Harry Rice and Ernie Davies with fellow guests

About HMS Victory

HMS Victory is the Royal Navy's most famous warship. Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, the Victory currently has a dual role as the Flagship of the First Sea Lord and as a living museum to the Georgian Navy.

About the DMRC Benevolent Fund

The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Benevolent Fund is a volunteer-run charity that provides funding to support holistic, occupational and social integration opportunities for serving military patients at DMRC Stanford Hall, that are not provided by public funding.


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