This Easter the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans is delivering chocolate and a card to veterans across the UK
When the Taxi Charity sent its veterans an Easter card and chocolate in 2020 just after the country entered lockdown little did they know that a year later Covid restrictions meant that once again they would be sending a chocolate treat and a card to veterans still living under lockdown.
Dick Goodwin, Vice President, Taxi Charity, said, “Over the last twelve months it has been very important for the charity to keep in touch with our veterans. We have sent a card every month, delivered a charity newsletter and our volunteers have made regular phone calls as well as taking veterans to hospital appointments, for their COVID inoculations and collecting shopping. When we delivered last year’s Easter card, we could never have imagined that the country would still be facing restriction twelve months later and that all our planned events would have been cancelled. We know that over the last twelve months these small acts of kindness have combined to make a real difference in reducing feelings of loneliness or social isolation amongst the veterans who make up the Taxi Charity family.”
WWII veteran John Clarke MBE, 96, who served with Black Watch
The pertinent sentiment on the Taxi Charity chocolate bar reads, ‘There is nothing better than a friend unless it’s a friend with chocolate. Happy Easter for your friends at the Taxi Charity.’
To find out more about the Taxi Charity visit www.taxicharity.org.uk
About the Taxi Charity
The Taxi Charity is run by volunteer London licensed taxi drivers and has been supporting hundreds of veterans since 1948. The charity arranges free trips to, the Netherlands, Belgium and France, and days out to museums, concerts, or fundraising events in the UK, to catch up with friends and comrades.
For the last twelve months, pandemic restrictions have meant their events have had to be cancelled so the Charity has made a huge effort to ensure veterans have received regular contact; sending out a greeting card each month, gifts to mark the 75th anniversaries of VE and VJ day, stockings at Christmas and arranging Guards of Honour at veteran’s funerals. Volunteers have also helped with; regular phone calls, food shopping, transport to hospital appointments, and more recently taking veterans for their Coronavirus injections.
To fund and facilitate their work, the charity is reliant on generous donations from members of the public, businesses and trusts.