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Taxi drivers urged to support Poppy Cabs by donating time and services to help war veterans


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The capital’s taxi drivers are being urged to support Poppy Cabs by donating their time and services to the cause this year.


On Remembrance Sunday hundreds of London’s cabbies will give up their time to provide the free Poppy Cabs service to help move war veterans around London to The Cenotaph for the annual service and parade.

Poppy Cabs was founded in 2009 and is funded entirely by the drivers, often accompanied by family and friends as helpers, who provide their taxis in their time and services free of charge.


Mike Hughes, Poppy Cabs Coordinator, said: “I expect this year’s event to be even more poignant as 2021 marks 100 years since the Royal British Legion was founded in 1921 and it will be the first opportunity for this parade to take place since the start of the COVID pandemic.

“For many ex-service personnel it is the time when they not only remember those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom but is also a time for them to meet up with old comrades.


“In addition to looking after our WWII veterans this year, we also want to offer support to ninety family members who will be attending the parade from a special charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers. Scotty’s Little Soldiers was founded by Nikki Scott following the death of her husband in Afghanistan, for bereaved British Forces children and we really want to help them travel around the capital.


“Knowing that the Poppy Cab service is available, relieves much of the stress of attending this emotional event and I hope that even more cabbies and their families and friends will come forward to join us in volunteering for this much-loved important service.”


Poppy Cab badges will also help raise funds for the Royal British Legion and The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.


London cabbies and their families and friends who would like to support the Poppy Cabs Service this year are urged to contact Mike Hughes at mike@mikehughes.org.uk.

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