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How Black Cabs are helping the homeless this Christmas

We wanted to celebrate the wonderful work that Black Cab charities achieve each year and highlight just some of the ways in which they’re giving back to those in need.

As many of our clients work in the black cab taxi trade, we’re always keen to get involved with the events and charities of the industry. But it’s not just the homeless that these charities help – scroll down to see just some of the various kind work that these charities do throughout the year.

Support Black Taxis – #donateaparcel

Taxi Charities helping this Christmas

This year we’ve donated to the #SBTXmasappeal – where parcels for the homeless are donated and distributed in black cabs around London.

The charity, organised by @supportblkaxis has put in lots of hard work to get together all the donations, organising drop off points and dates for collections and distribution.

This year has seen many wonderful contributions, with the charity’s twitter and facebook profiles uploading lots of great pictures of Christmas presents loaded up in taxis.

Taxi Charities helping this Christmas

The Children’s Magical Taxi Tour

Magical Taxi Tour 2015 Big Breakfast send-off

The Charity, organised by the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers aims:

To give sick children a break from therapy and treatment giving them a three day break in Disneyland Resort ParisĀ® They are transported in a convoy of  Black Cab London Taxis. The families would not be able to undertake a trip alone, it is by the medical support available that enable them to do so.

Read more about the annual event here, and read how we sponsored a black cab at this year’s adventure. 

London Taxi Drivers Fund for Underprivileged Children (LTFUC)

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Founded in 1928,  the charity is well known for its outings to the seaside when convoys of London taxis decked in balloons and banners take excited special needs children and their helpers for a fun day out.

Not only this but Christmas sees the LTFUC fundraise with carol singing and a parade of taxis, with a Reindeer taxi appearing again at this year’s fundraiser, at the Burlington Arcade on Friday, December 18th.

The London Taxi Benevolent Association For War Disabled

The London Taxi Benevolent Association For War Disabled, also known as the Taxi Charity, aims to help the war disabled and veterans by providing entertainment, outings and specialised equipment.

In addition to an annual trip to Worthing, they provide outings, entertainment and lunches for veterans on a regular basis.

Recent trips in black cabs have been to RAF Museum in Hendon and the Royal Naval Dockyard in Chatham, as well as trips to the Netherlands and France.

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Albany Taxi Charity Fund

An annual event has been organised by the Albany Taxi Charity Fund since 1972, taking mentally handicapped children to the seaside in a convoy of black cabs.

The taxi drivers involved now take more than 500 children in over 200 Licensed taxis to three major venues – as well as Thorpe Park, Chessington and visits to Pantomimes.


ELCO – East London Cabbies Outing

In 1952 Mr Charles Albert Flemwell started the first East London Cabbies Outing with 8 taxis, taking children with special needs from the East End of London travelling to the riverside town of Maldon in Essex.

The trip proved to be such a success that over the years it grew to a much larger scale, taking children from various schools and specialist centres within the East End of London in a convoy of vehicles that in some years exceeded 160 taxis and specialised buses.

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As specialist black cab insurance brokers, we’re always on the lookout for getting involved with charity events in the trade, so if any readers have any more information for us, please get in touch and let us know!