On Remembrance Sunday kind hearted London cab drivers will give up their time to drive veterans around London.
On 13 November, hundreds of London Cab drivers will volunteer their time to support the free Poppy Cabs Service which transports veterans around the Capital to attend services at The Cenotaph and participate in the Remembrance Sunday Parade
Now in its 13th year, London will once again witness lines of iconic black taxis lined up on Westminster Bridge as their drivers offer to take veterans from main line stations to the Remembrance Day commemorations without a fare.
Cab driver Mike Hughes who coordinates this important and much-loved free service said, “Knowing that the Poppy Cabs service is available for veterans, relieves much of the stress of attending this emotional event and every year we are overwhelmed by the support of the London cab trade and the men and women who give us their time and vehicles. This year we are delighted to have received support from Asda for the Poppy Cabs service and one of our cabs has been wrapped with a livery to remind people of the service and the fabulous support and respect the London Cab trade show to our veterans.”
Dick Goodwin, Vice President Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said “As well as organising 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 is wholly reliant on donations the money these badges generate for us each year is most welcome to help our work supporting veterans from all conflicts.”
About Poppy Cabs
Poppy Cabs was founded in 2009. It is funded entirely by the drivers, often accompanied by family and friends as helpers, who provide their taxis in their own time and money. Sales of the Poppy Cab badges support the Royal British Legion and the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.
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 donations, grants and sponsorship.