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Volunteer London taxi drivers take Chelsea Pensioners out to see London Christmas lights

Updated: Dec 24, 2021

Image: Chelsea Pensioners Annie, Ivor, and Tony (Credit: The Taxi Charity)

Volunteer licensed taxi drivers from the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans are taking Chelsea Pensioners to see the London lights.

The Taxi Charity and the Royal Hospital Chelsea have a very long relationship so when the Hospital asked if any of the charity’s volunteer cab drivers might drive some Chelsea Pensioners to see the lights, to ensure they can see them safely, there was no shortage of help.

London Cab Drivers and charity volunteers will be taking Chelsea Pensioners to see the lights on Regent Street, Oxford Street and New Bond Street in their iconic black cabs. With a fixed divider in the black taxis, the veterans are not in direct contact with the drivers during the Christmas lights tour and will not have to mix with the crowds who will be doing their shopping and admiring the lights in the West End.

Brian Heffernan, London Cab Driver and Taxi Charity Volunteer, said: “It has been a really difficult year for everyone, and especially our veterans who have missed out on so many events and I was delighted to pick up some In Pensioners from Chelsea and take them in to the West End to see the Christmas lights.”

Dick Goodwin, Vice President, The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said: “It is always a pleasure to support the Royal Hospital and we hope that the Chelsea Pensioners enjoy their private tour of London’s fabulous Christmas lights.”

Annie, one of the Chelsea Pensioners, said: “London looks truly splendid, and we would like to say a huge thank you to the Royal Hospital Chelsea and the Taxi Charity for this lovely pre-Christmas treat.”

To find out more about the support the Taxi Charity offers veterans visit


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