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Rememberance Sunday…10 Weeks To Go… By Mike Hughes

Here is the early warning for Remembrance Sunday which takes place on 9 November.

Those who have already attended in the past know the feelings that you get from this very special event and I need say nothing more to you.

For those who have not been before, we provide a free taxi service from all main line stations, Victory Service Club, Union Jack Club and Victoria Coach Station for the veterans going to and from the service and parade at the Cenotaph. To see the appreciation shown by the veterans for our expression of gratitude for all they have done for us is so deeply moving. Words, no mater how eloquent, cannot express what you feel – ask anyone who’s already done it in the past 4 years.

This is one time when all thoughts of animosity, personal differences, heated discussions of preference of vehicle, or any of the other threads that can cause differences  on this forum are all put aside. Nothing detracts from helping the veterans. People who are otherwise at loggerheads on the forum stand shoulder to shoulder united in a common cause. It is so special. If only we could bottle it!

I’ll put more details out over the next 10 weeks but at this stage I am looking for early volunteers to build up my database (used by me alone).

In addition to drivers I’m also looking for people to act as marshals in all the stations. The usual marshals always do a superb job, but, as we discovered last year, as our service has expanded we needed extra help getting to the veterans and getting them into the Poppy Cabs. Knowledge boys/girls, Family members (especially useful inside the stations to show veterans where to go), retired or non working taxi drivers – all are welcome and needed to help our stretched band of experienced marshals.

To register please send


Location (to match up with veterans)

Driver or Marshal

TX or Vito (drivers)

Knowledge boy/girl or family member (marshals)

tel no:

email address

email messages to:

SMS message : 07973 430022

New for 2014 our own Twitter account @PoppyCabs2014

As I go through the various preparation stages I will update you all here with an absolute minimum of one message each week as our countdown continues. Please look out for them and see how you can help.

Sometimes A Picture Paints A Thousand Words. East London Cabbies Trip To Maldon

It was fantastic for West Ham Uniged a Football Club (@whufc_official) to allow drivers to use their facilities at such short notice.
Excerts From Points of light. 
There are heroes whose names we never hear
A dedicated army of quiet volunteers
Reaching out to feed the hungry
Reaching out to save the land
Reaching out to help their fellow men.
There are dreamers who are making dreams come true
Taking time to teach the children there’s nothing they can’t do.
Giving shelter to the homeless giving hope to those without.
Isn’t that what this land’s all about.
Editorial Comment:
Another great day for the “Army of quiet volunteers”.
It was fantastic for the Mayor of Maldon to not only welcome the procession of taxes, but he also took the trouble to welcome every driver and every child.
A big thank you to everyone who make this day so special.
    Words from Randy Travis, Points of Light.

London cabbies celebrate 20 years of charity trip

One hundred London cabbies teamed up to take sick children to Disneyland Paris over the weekend for the 20th anniversary of the Children’s Magical Taxi Tour.

The charity raises funds throughout the year to enable a convoy of licensed taxis to complete the trip, along with police escorts, ambulances and AA breakdown vehicles.

Over a hundred children suffering from a range of illnesses and life limiting conditions will spend three days at the French theme park, along with their carers, parents and a team of medics.

At the departure breakfast at Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden on Friday [September 20th], the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Roger Gifford, praised the work of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers who organise the trip, before cutting a red ribbon to set this year’s drivers off.

The convey of vehicles can stretch up to three miles long as they travel to Dover and then through France – and have guzzled 50000 gallons of fuel throughout the two decades it has been running.

To date, they have taken around 4000 children on the once in a lifetime trip.

Giving sick children a break from their world of treatment and therapy by going on a trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Resort Paris in a convoy of London Taxis.
Children and their families can only do this with the support of Doctors, Nurses and Paramedics.
And lets not forget the guy’s and girl’s from The Police, Ambulance, Medic’s & The AA , plus the many other’s who volunteer to make this trip such a wonderful experience.


27th June 2013

Our ’85th anniversary’ outing to Southend-on-Sea took place on Thursday 27th June and was a brilliant and huge success, with 300 ‘special needs’ and underprivileged children being treated to a day they will remember for a long time.

The weather was great and the smiles on the children’s faces and continuous laughter from them all day was a joy to behold.

In the meantime in case you missed the ITV news coverage, please click on the link below.

A group of taxi drivers have taken three hundred children on a trip to the seaside today. A brave thing to do, but the kind-hearted cabbie’s organise the trip every year. They do it, to take children out of London to enjoy a day out in Southend as Jenny Line reports.

The Hon. President, Hon. Chair and Committee would like to give sincere thanks to all the drivers, helpers, sponsors and entertainers for making the day possible.

Divyesh nearing the top of Kilimajaro

Hi Everyone

Just a quick reminder that Divyesh should be nearing the top of Kilimanjaro about now on his midlife crisis climb, please sponsor him as all of the charities that he is trying to raise money for are very worthy causes.

You can find Divyesh’s Just Giving page by clicking on the link below

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