London Cabbie, Joseph Theodore, 82, from Muswell Hill, began volunteering for the Taxi Charity in 1958 when he took two veterans in his cab on the charity’s annual trip to Worthing.
Almost every year since then he has joined the convoy of London cabbies who take veterans from all conflicts for a day at the seaside.
Joseph Theodore, London Cabbie and Charity Volunteer, said, “I was 21 when I started volunteering for The Taxi Charity.
The veterans I took to Worthing that first year, were from WWI and WWII. Over the years we have lost many veterans and been joined by those from other conflicts and recently my passengers have included veterans who have served in The Falklands, Afghanistan and Iraq.
I have made amazing friends amongst the veterans and the cab trade and I would highly recommend volunteering for this amazing charity.”
During the last sixty years Joseph has driven seven different cabs, his first was an Oxford, then a Beardmore, followed by an FX3, an FX4, a Fairway, a TXE and he is currently driving a TX4.
Dick Goodwin, Vice President, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said, “The Taxi Charity and veterans rely on the help of kind hearted London Cabbies who volunteer their time and vehicles for free. Joseph has been an amazing volunteer for over sixty years, and he is a very important part of the charity family.”
You can find out more about the charity by visiting www.taxicharity.org
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT:
London Cabbie and Charity Volunteer, Joseph Theodore, is proof that not all super heroes wear capes and masks.... some times a super hero just wears a beautifully tailored grey suit.
Thank you Joseph and all the other super hero volunteers.
So why do these Cabbies volunteer to do this work on behalf of the Taxi Charity for military veterans?
They do it on behalf of our trade to say thank you to a remarkable band of brothers and sisters, undoubtedly Britons greatest generation.
Born in the early decades of the twentieth century, they survived some of the greatest upheavals of their era. They grew up in the shadow of the First World War, lived through the depression and fought in the Second World War....and help create the modern world we take so much for granted today.