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Volunteer taxi drivers continue tradition providing free rides for vets attending Remembrance Day



As the clock strikes 11.00am on 12 November, amidst the silence that engulfs the capital, hundreds of London's dedicated black cab drivers will join the nation in remembering and paying respects to fallen heroes as part of the annual Poppy Cabs service.

Since 2009, volunteer black taxi drivers have been offering free taxi rides to veterans attending the Remembrance Day service and parade. This year, on Sunday, 12 November, over a thousand veterans will be transported from various stations across the capital to the Cenotaph, thanks to the incredible generosity of London's cab drivers.

The volunteer cab drivers will be needed between 8am to 10am to cover journeys from major railway stations, Victoria Coach Station, the Victory Services Club, and the Union Jack Club. In the afternoon, between 12.30pm to 4pm, volunteers are also requested to assist at Westminster Bridge for the return journeys.


To support this noble cause, commemorative Poppy Cabs badges are available for purchase. A minimum donation of £5 is required for the badges, with all money raised going towards the Royal British Legion and the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.


To purchase a Poppy Cabs badge or to volunteer as a driver, please contact mike@mikehughes.org.uk

Mike Hughes, Poppy Cabs Coordinator, said: “We have been providing the free Poppy Cabs service for 14 years and every year it grows bigger and bigger. The service is funded entirely by London cab drivers, often accompanied by family and friends, who volunteer their cabs and their time for this important service. Knowing that the Poppy Cabs service is available, relieves much of the stress for veterans attending this emotional event and every year we are overwhelmed by the support of the London cab trade and the men and women who give us their time and vehicles.”

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