Updated: Oct 22, 2021
A Glasgow Taxi driver who helped NHS staff with free transport at the start of the pandemic has arrived at a surprise destination 18 months on – the pages of a new Captain Sir Tom Moore book.
Back in March 2020, Robert Malcolm, a longstanding Glasgow Taxi driver, placed signs throughout his vehicle which read “NHS workers ride for free – just show me your ID” – a gesture warmly received by both the healthcare and wider Glasgow communities.
Fast forward to this week and Robert was shocked but delighted to see his name and a cartoon picture feature in “One Hundred Reasons To Hope”, a new book released last month by the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Robert said: “Like many other people, I just did my bit to help when it was needed but it is quite humbling to be featured in this excellent book in the name of a real hero.”
One Hundred Reasons to Hope was published on 16 September 2021, with £1 from each hardback sale in the UK and Ireland being donated to The Captain Tom Foundation.
The book features well-known stories from the pandemic such as Joe Wicks’ family workouts, as well as those of everyday heroes, including dancing binmen and fancy-dress postal workers, who brought joy to their neighbourhoods during the pandemic.
Dougie McPherson, Glasgow Taxis chairman, said: “Robert was a superstar during those testing early days of the pandemic and to be featured in this book is incredible but well deserved and a nice thing for Glasgow, the taxi trade and, most of all, Robert himself.”
Glasgow Taxis is a friendly society run on behalf of its members and drivers and the single largest taxi provider in Scotland and in the UK outside London, with all vehicles wheelchair accessible and all drivers licensed and certified.