Downton Resident Jumps for Veterans

Malcolm Dean, 76, from Downton near Salisbury has raised £3,700 for the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.

The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans was delighted to receive a donation of £3,700 from Malcolm Dean who this summer made his first parachute jump in France.



Malcom Dean, 76,  from Downton near Salisbury has been fundraising for charity for over forty-four years but this was the first time that he had done a parachute jump. In Normandy for the D Day Commemorations,   Malcolm had initially hoped to  parachute  into Ranville, as near to Pegasus Bridge as allowed, to  recreate a drop that 19-year-old Danny Lyons did on 6 June 1944, as a member  of  6th Airborne.  Unfortunately, the jump had to be diverted to Le Havre   but as originally planned Malcolm completed the jump from 12,000ft  wearing the Denison smock that Danny had worn  seventy-eight years ago  on D Day.


Malcolm Dean, said, “I was fortunate to become good friends with Danny Lyons and I  wanted to ensure that all those WWII veterans wishing to make the journey back to Normandy or the Netherlands are still able to. I completed my first parachute jump on 5 June  and have split the final fundraising total of £7,400 equally between the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans and the British Normandy Memorial.   In July I was thrilled to be invited to  present a cheque at the Taxi Charity’s  annual day trip for veterans to Worthing and I am delighted to announce that despite initially presenting them with a cheque for £3,200 at the event,  I have received more money and the final donation was £3,700.”


Ian Parsons, London Cab Driver and Chairman, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said, “The Taxi Charity is wholly reliant on donations,  so we were delighted when Malcolm told us of his plans to raise funds for us. The  money he has raised  will be used towards a future trip to take WWII veterans to the continent for acts of remembrance. The pandemic hit our fundraising plans hard so if anyone else might like to consider doing a challenge to support us we would love to hear from them.”


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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.