The London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children (LTCFC) held their 47th annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the Great Room of the Grosvenor House, on Park Lane where they were hosts to 530 special needs and disadvantaged children, along with their carers.
Established in 1928, run voluntary by London Taxi Drivers, the LTCFC enriches the lives of disadvantaged children through fundraising and hosting functions and events throughout the year. Throughout its 90 year history, the LTCFC have provided essential funding for the purchase of recreational, technology and mobility equipment for children, schools and hospices.
On arrival the children were welcomed by a host of wonderful costume characters and it was a delight to see all of the children’s faces light up upon seeing them.
The children were then guided into the Great Room where they settled down for a feast of sandwiches, crisps and squash.
There were lots of things to keep the children amused during the day including a glow stick for each child, kindly provided by Global Marketing, face painting and some fabulous entertainment.
To start the afternoon off Amanda’s Action Club got the children warmed up and dancing before the one and only Calum Courtney from Britain’s Got Talent came on stage and sent the children into a frenzy!
Next up it was Elvis Shmelvis’s turn to blast a few songs out and he really got the children all shook up! Onto Dance 21, the dance troupe with down syndrome, who again did a fantastic job of getting the children up on the dance floor.
Tracy Wise came on stage next to perform Little Red Riding Hood magic to the children. Then it was Lucy Kelly’s turn to sing a couple of songs and then it was up on stage for Elsa and Anna, the Let It Glow Princesses to entertain and sing. The last two performances really raised the roof with the well known singer Lydia Lucy, finalist of BBC’s The Voice who indeed has an absolutely stunning voice!
Finally Donchez Dacres from Britain’s Got Talent belted out a few cracking songs including the fabulous hit WiggleWine! Oh what fun was had by all!
It was a magical afternoon’s entertainment with so many of the children up dancing. The party ended on a high note when all of the children screamed with delight as the tinsel streamed down onto the dance floor before the Tea Party came to a close.
Just before the children left the Grosvenor House there was one more treat in store when each child was given an LTCFC branded backpack, which were filled with branded goodies including water bottles, pens, pencils and rulers.
The Hon. Chairman and the LTCFC committee are extremely grateful to all the wonderful people who helped to make this party such a great success.