Taxi Charity volunteer cab drivers take veterans and archaeologists to Belgium to support Waterloo Uncovered.
The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans was once again delighted to support the charity Waterloo Uncovered by taking veterans and archaeologists from London to the site of the battle of Waterloo in Belgium.
Waterloo Uncovered enables veterans and serving personnel to undertake a programme of archaeology and welfare support, focussing on the five pillars of Recovery, Wellbeing, Transition into Civilian Life, Education and Employment and fits perfectly with the Taxi Charity ethos of supporting veterans from all conflicts.
This year three London cab drivers who volunteer for The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans offered to help in what has been a very special year for the Waterloo Uncovered.
This July the Waterloo Uncovered team made a significant find on the site of Wellington’s field hospital at Mont-Saint-Jean. Working at the site of the Allied field hospital, the team found the intact skeleton of a soldier, lying amid ammunition boxes, medical waste and the bones of legs and arms, amputated by surgeons in their struggle to save the wounded.
London Cab Driver and Taxi Charity Volunteer, Dave Hemstead, from Morden, said, “This has been the third time that I have volunteered to go out to Belgium to support Waterloo Uncovered. Each time I drive triple amputee Matt Weston and over the years we have become good friends. The finds at Mont-Saint-Jean have been amazing and I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the discoveries being revealed inch by inch each day.”
Frances Wyhowska, Vice President, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said “We are proud of our close relationship with Waterloo Uncovered and relish our work with the widest range of veterans of all ages. Any support we can give to those who have service-related injuries or PTSD is a privilege.”
To find out more about the support the Taxi Charity offers veterans or to donate visit www.taxicharity.org
About Waterloo Uncovered
The charity Waterloo Uncovered, takes veterans and serving personnel to the battlefield of Waterloo to undertake a programme of archaeology and welfare support, focussing on the five pillars of Recovery, Wellbeing, Transition into Civilian Life, Education and Employment.
About the Taxi Charity
The Taxi Charity is run by volunteer London black taxi drivers and has been supporting thousands of veterans of all ages since 1948. The charity arranges free trips to the Netherlands, Belgium, and France, for acts of commemoration and days out to museums, concerts, or fundraising events across the UK, to catch up with friends and comrades.
The charity was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June 2021.
In 2023 the charity will be celebrating its 75th anniversary.
To fund and facilitate their work, the charity is reliant on generous donations grants, and sponsorship.