Since it began in 1994, the Magical Taxi Tour has taken more than 5,000 children to Disneyland Resort Paris® with some taxi drivers having taken part every year.
This year’s tour come to a close at the weekend after Canary Wharf waved off a convoy of over 120 black cabs on Friday 13 September, making their way to Paris taking sick children on a trip of a lifetime.
The 3-day trip to Paris is put together by the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers and survives on the generosity of drivers and sponsors.
Phil Davies, Task Master of Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, said: “The taxi drivers who take part in the tour give their time and use of their vehicles freely – and many of the same drivers have done so since the event started.
“With the help of our sponsors we can give more children this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, I would like to say a huge thank you to them – you are making a massive difference to the lives of these children.”
Geely Holdings, owner of the London EV Company (LEVC), last year made a donation of £100,000 which follows an existing £60,000 sponsorship of the event from 2016 to 2019 and continues the special partnership over the next five years to 2024.
Joerg Hofmann, LEVC CEO, said: “The Magical Taxi Tour is a fantastic example of why London’s ‘black cab’ drivers are deserved of the title ‘London’s finest’. Their unwavering contribution to this charity event has continued for 26 years, something the trade should be extremely proud of. Geely’s sponsorship will ensure that this event continues far into the future, allowing many more children to experience this once in a life time trip.”
Image credit: LEVC