London taxi driver volunteers helping war veterans safely receive their coronavirus vaccinations


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London black cab drivers have been helping war veterans safely receive their coronavirus vaccinations in and around the capital.


Last week Taxi Charity volunteer Brian Heffernan, added his name to the many London Licensed Taxi drivers who have supported the charity by taking WWII veterans from across London and the South East for their COVID vaccinations.

Brian took veteran Ernie Davis from Hornchurch to the Victoria Centre in Romford, for his injection. WWII veteran Ernie Davies joined the Royal Navy in 1943 and after involvement in the Atlantic and Russian convoys spent D Day in the Channel patrolling for German U Boats.

Brian Heffernan, Taxi Charity volunteer and London Licensed Cab driver said: “It was a pleasure to collect Ernie and take him for his Coronavirus injection in Romford. The black cab is the safest way to travel during the pandemic, as we are partitioned from our passengers and the cab can easily be cleaned between each journey.


“The Taxi Charity is delighted that most of the WWII veterans we support have either been vaccinated or have an appointment to receive the injection very soon and if they need a lift, we are very happy to take them, and the meter won’t be on!”


Last week London cabbie and volunteer Mike Hughes, took Major Ted, accompanied by his daughter in law Linda Hunt, for his vaccination too.

Major Ted was welcomed at Lancing Parish Hall by Tim Loughton MP for East Worthing and Shoreham.

Loughton MP said: “It was an honour to meet Major Ted at the vaccination centre in Lancing, fresh from having his jab. He said to refuse a vaccine was like crossing the road without looking both ways first – I don’t think I could put it better myself!

“Fantastic to meet him and to witness the brilliant hard work of everyone involved with the vaccine rollout. I’m incredibly grateful to ‘The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans’ for arranging this visit for Major Ted and countless other veterans. Thank you.”

The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans was formed in Fulham in 1948, to work for the benefit, comfort and enjoyment of military veterans and arranges many trips every year for veterans from all conflicts.


The charity offers international trips to The Netherlands, Belgium and France, UK day trips to concerts or museums, transport to attend fundraising events, as well as special days out to catch up with friends and comrades.


To fund and facilitate these outings, the charity is wholly reliant on generous donations from members of the public, businesses and trusts and the amazing group of London licensed taxi drivers who offer their time and vehicles free.

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