• Tue. Nov 29th, 2022

London taxi drivers offer free Poppy Cab service to veterans on Remembrance Sunday

ByElla E. Kidwell

Nov 9, 2022

FREE RIDE: Chelsea pensioners get a glimpse of the Poppy Cab

Kind-hearted taxi drivers plan to donate their time to drive veterans around London this Remembrance Sunday.

On Nov. 13, hundreds of drivers will volunteer their time to support the free Poppy Cabs service that transports veterans to the capital to attend services at the Cenotaph and participate in the Remembrance Sunday Parade.

Now in its 13th year, London will once again see lines of iconic black cabs lined up on Westminster Bridge as their drivers offer to take veterans from mainline stations to Remembrance Day commemorations without a fare.

Taxi driver Mike Hughes, who coordinates this important and much-loved free service, said: “Knowing that the Poppy Cabs service is available to veterans relieves much of the stress of attending this moving event.

“Each year we are overwhelmed with the support of the London taxi trade and the men and women who give us their time and their vehicles.

“This year we are delighted to have had support from Asda for the Poppy Cabs service and one of our taxis has been wrapped in a livery to remind people of the fabulous service and support and respect the London show Cab to our veterans.”

EXTRA MILE: Chelsea Retirees with the Poppy Cab

Dick Goodwin, Vice President of the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said: “As well as running the Poppy Cabs service, Mike Hughes produces a Poppy Cabs badge which raises funds for the Royal British Legion and the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.

“As a charity that relies entirely on donations, the money these badges generate for us each year is welcome to help our work supporting veterans of all conflicts.”

To donate for a Poppy Cabs badge email [email protected] and to find out more about the support that Taxi Charity offers veterans or to donate visit taxicharity.org.

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