Hearts from Herts this Valentine’s Day

A Hertfordshire based charity that supports adults with learning disabilities has delivered Valentine love hearts for veterans supported by the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.

The love -ly project was the brain child of Jo Radcliffe who runs the Hertfordshire based charity Always Bee You, which enables adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues to access the opportunities, skills and support they need to live fulfilled lives.

The young adults were asked if they might like to make Valentine love hearts for WWII veterans and the request was met with an overwhelming yes. Jo contacted Taxi Charity volunteers Dick and Susy Goodwin and it was agreed that the hearts would be placed into the charity cards which are being sent to veterans across the country for February 14th.

Jo Radcliffe, Always Bee You said, “We chose to support the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans as we felt there might be some people who would be lonely and isolated on Valentine’s Day and we wanted to show appreciation for the amazing service they gave our country to keep us free and safe.

We also felt that it would be good to share some history and stories with our group members who may not have heard about the war. It was wonderful for some of the group to talk about their great grandparents and find out their own families stories.”

The Always Bee You team was delighted to have the support of local artist Donna Reeves who helped with the design of the hearts.

Dick Goodwin, Honorary Secretary, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans said, “We send the veterans we support a card every month to show that we are thinking about them. The cards are incredibly popular and when Always Bee You asked if they might do something special for Valentine’s Day, we were thrilled to be able to share the love.”

Louis Melton who is supported by Always Bee You said, “We made Valentines Day love hearts for these veterans as we really are grateful for all that they have done for us.”

To view Louis’s full message visit  – www.taxicharity.org/post/hearts-from-herts-for-our-veterans

To find out more about the support the Taxi Charity offers to veterans or to donate  visit www.taxicharity.org

About Always Bee You

Always Bee You is a Hertfordshire based charity enabling adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues to access the opportunities, skills and support they need to live fulfilled lives.


 About the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans

The Taxi Charity is run by volunteer London black taxi drivers and has been supporting thousands of veterans since 1948. It is the only Forces charity that focuses on providing fun and entertainment and arranges free trips (for veterans from all conflicts) to the Netherlands and France for acts of commemoration and days out to museums, concerts, or social events across the UK.

The charity received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2021 and celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2023, a remarkable milestone for a small, niche charity peopled by enthusiastic volunteers. In 2024, if funding allows, they will be taking a group of WWII veterans to Normandy for the 80th anniversary of D-Day.


To fund and facilitate their work, the charity is wholly reliant on donations, grants and sponsorship.