MAGICAL TOUR 2016 – Disneyland Paris HERE THEY COME. 16th of September. See notice below, please

Magical Taxi tour 2016

Ladies & Gentlemen

This is the 23rd year the magical taxi tour has been taking children with life threatening illnesses from children’s hospitals from in and around london to Paris Disneyland .Over 3 days 100 london licensed taxis assisted by the metropolitan police,the city of london police,the French police,the AA,the london Ambulance service,specialist children’s doctors will make 200 children have the trip of a lifetime .

The trip starts early early on Friday morning the 16th September at the East Wintergarden,Bank Street,Canary Wharf for the big breakfast send off.

This is where we ask for your help in taking the staff who give up their time to cook breakfast for everybody on the trip,they do this voluntary and have to get up pretty early.

If any taxi driver could spend an hour or two to pick up the staff from their homes and take them to Canary Wharf for the big breakfast send off we would really appreciate this.

Please contact Mr Silvi Olivera on
07956 596011

Many thanks

Dean Thomas

Additional pictures of Remembrance at the Cenotaph London UK

with thanks to Mark Cooper (LVTA)

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Voluteer Poppy Sellers and the taxi drivers meet at the taxi garage

 

 

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Two Beardmore taxis
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Two Fairways & an Austin low loader

 

 

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Vintage taxis of LVTA members meet at the taxi garage
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Passenger set-down point at Admiralty Arch
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Entering & leaving Waterloo Station
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Popular with the public on Westminster Bridge
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Volunteer Poppy Sellers at Waterloo Station

POPPIES at the Tower of London – A Unique Tribute – “Lest we Forget”…..

With thanks to James and Sybil Strugnell.
….”We visited the Tower of London to view the poppies , each one made in ceramic and put together by volunteers and planted in the moat as a river of blood; 888,246 who lost their lives in the first war. It is fantastic
I will send you a couple of our photo’s, but you can see all about it on line”………
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Magical Taxi Tour to Disney Land Paris – 2014. Three mistery guests: The ‘O’ brothers(see below)

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The Exclusive and World FAMOUS  DJ’s  ‘The Oliviera Brothers’  gave “Acte de Présence” ; the kids loved it!!!

CHILDREN’S MAGICAL TAXI TOUR 2014 by Sandie Goodwin

A convoy of cabs left the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf early on the morning of 12th September, destination Disneyland Paris. The 21st annual Children’s Magical Taxi Tour had begun – with lots of excited children (and cab drivers) gathering for the Big Breakfast Send Off. 

This breakfast was attended by sponsors and dignitaries alongside the VIP guests – the children – with The Lord Mayor Locum Tenens of the City of London Alderman Sir David Howard cutting the ribbon at 07:40 sharp signalling the beginning of the trip. Office workers at the venue were surprised at the sight which greeted them and stood to watch in amazement as the convoy set off, horns blaring to bid farewell, each cab with the sponsors names emblazoned on the side.

More than 400 people set off on this year’s trip, taking children with life limiting illnesses on such a magical journey. As well as the children, the Magical Taxi Tour was supported by medical teams, ambulances, breakdown services and carers. The trip, organised by The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, was escorted by police officers from the City of London Police, UK and also fellow officers from over the channel, the Gendarmerie Nationale. The Big Breakfast Send Off saw the Royal British Legion Band from Romford entertain everybody and the charity is grateful for the support from the Marriot Hotel Canary Wharf for the provision of packed lunches, the London Taxi Company for the spending money for the children and Ampersand for the breakfast itself.

Each year the tour reaches another milestone; more than 4800 children have been on this trip over the course of its 21 year history. It is thanks to the generosity of sponsors and the taxi drivers who give their time freely that the trip has grown and gone from strength to strength, together with support of the Livery Companies and the corporate sector. Some of the taxi drivers have actually taken part in every single trip since the first one in 1994, an amazing commitment. They are used to the cries of “Are we nearly there yet” that begin as the convoy lands in Calais following crossing the channel on a P&O ferry. The ferry trips are also donated kindly by P&O. The car deck full of London taxis is quite a surprising sight to fellow travellers, as is the hotel car park full of cabs over the weekend. This year the convoy enjoyed a lovely sunny day for the journey down to Disneyland and many were on the outside decks of the ferry.

A refuelling stop at the Aire De Repos Assevillers Ouest services saw quite a sight to greet the convoy. Giant characters were waving, a room had been set aside especially for the guests of the convoy where the children found snacks, sweets and drinks waiting for them. Face painters were also on hand and it was somewhat hard to persuade the children to get back to their cabs when it was time to leave as they were enjoying a good time.  Then it was onwards to our final destination. Although we were a bit delayed by traffic queues, we arrived at the Disneyland resort in daylight, giving the children their first glimpse of the enchanted kingdom in the distance.  As the taxis arrived at the Cheyenne hotel – cowboy themed and decorated – some of the Disney characters were waiting to greet the children and this was greeted by lots of happy faces. Having checked in to the hotel, dinner was in the Chuck Wagon. Drivers took the chance to relax and enjoy the evening before the visit to the theme park the next day.

Bright and early on Saturday, everyone headed into the Park itself. With so many rides and things to experience in the park this is a fun packed day which this year was enjoyed in beautiful sunshine.

Behind the scenes, the team from the charity are always working to ensure the children have a great time. As the children and drivers enjoyed their time in the park, others were preparing packed lunches for the return journey, with sandwiches donated by M&S.

This fun packed day is followed by a Gala Dinner, which is also attended by the Disney characters who sign autographs and pose for photos with the children – truly magical.  During the evening the party atmosphere continued with a disco. All too soon the evening was over and it was time for bed before the journey homewards.

First thing on Sunday as drivers packed the cabs with their guests’ luggage, the police – both English and French – were showing the children their cars and motorbikes and the hotel car park became a very noisy place to be with sirens blaring and blue lights flashing. The convoy then departed for Calais. A quick refuel stop, then onto another P&O ferry for the return to the UK.

Fund raising in today’s economic climate is more difficult than it has been in the past and without the continuing support of the drivers, City Liveries and the Magical Taxi Tour sponsors this event could not carry on. New sponsors come on board each year as they learn more about the trip and how much pleasure it brings. Fund raising events are held, such as the Dinner Dance held each December and those involved in the charity this year have done some different things to raise funds, including the Three Peaks Challenge and some ice bucket challenges. The Disney Organising Committee is confident it will be able to carry on bringing smiles to the faces of the children and the supporting team who travel. The Committee is extremely grateful to everyone involved in making this year’s trip so successful; every bit of help and support counts in making this the trip of a lifetime for the children. Each year the preparation for the trip sees goodie bags filled, the cabs liveried with their sponsors names, meetings with P&O, lots of telephone calls, vehicles lent to the trip as support, food ordered, a briefing meeting, to name but a few. It is this preparation which results in a trip which looks seamless and shows the generosity of the cab trade, as with so many of our trade charities. Long may it continue.

Next year’s trip will take place on 18th September and fund raising has already begun……

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Children’s Magical Taxi Tour 2014 to Disneyland Paris

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Good afternoon

please find below advance pr for Magical Taxi Tour on 12th September 2014.

Any queries please get in touch with
Sandie Goodwin
PR Officer for Magical Taxi Tour
07860 439839

ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET?


This year’s Children’s Magical Taxi Tour is drawing closer and the countdown has begun. Soon it will be time to set off in a convoy of London Taxis for the Disneyland Paris resort to meet with a well known mouse and all his friends.
The trip will be leaving on Friday 12th September from East Wintergarden Canary Wharf. The Big Breakfast Send Off will be attended by sponsors and dignitaries alongside the VIP guests – the children – with The Lord Mayor Locum Tenens of the City of London Alderman Sir David Howard cutting the ribbon at 07:40 sharp signalling the beginning of the trip. The excitement at this breakfast is high and infectious; office workers stand and watch in amazement as the convoy sets off, horns blaring to bid farewell, each cab with the sponsors names emblazoned on the side.
There will be more than 400 people setting off on the trip, taking children with life limiting illnesses on this magical journey. As well as the children, the Magical Taxi Tour will be supported by medical teams, ambulances, breakdown services and carers. The trip, organised by The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, will be escorted by police officers City of London Police, Metropolitan Police in the UK and also fellow officers from over the channel, the Gendarmerie Nationale.
Each year the tour reaches another milestone; more than 4000 children have been on this trip so far and this year will see this number rise again. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and the taxi drivers themselves, who give their time freely, the trip has grown and gone from strength to strength with support of the Livery Companies and the corporate sector. Some of the taxi drivers have actually taken part in every single trip since the first one in 1994, an amazing commitment. They are used to the cries of “Are we nearly there yet” that begin as the convoy lands in Calais following crossing the channel on a P&O ferry. The ferry trips are also donated kindly by P&O. The car deck full of
London taxis is quite a surprising sight to fellow travellers, as is the hotel car park full of cabs over the weekend.
Once at the resort the children will enjoy a day in the theme park, followed by a Gala Dinner which is also attended by the Disney characters who sign autographs and pose for photos with the children – truly magical.
Fund raising in today’s economic climate is more difficult than it has been in the past and without the continuing support of the drivers, City Liveries and the Magical Taxi Tour sponsors this event could not carry on. But the Disney Organising Committee is confident it will carry on bringing smiles to the faces of these children and the supporting team who travel.
You can learn more about the Magical Taxi Tour at www.magicaltaxitour.com where you will find details of previous trips and also how you can help by making a donation to help fund next year’s outing.
For further information please contact our press officer Sandie Goodwin on 07860 439839 or by email sandiegoodwin@hotmail.com
Any journalist wishing to attend the Big Breakfast Send Off on 12th September should also contact Sandie as security is tight at Canary Wharf and passes will only be issued to those on the pre booked list.

 

Veterans Road Trip to Holland 2014. 160 WWII veterans. 80 Black Cabs.

 

FILMMAKER INVITES LONDON BLACK CAB DRIVERS TO JOIN HER IN MAKING A FILM

ABOUT  WORLD WAR II VETERANS

 http://hoekvanholland.eu/160-engelse-oorlogsveteranen-80-londense-taxis-arriveren-hoek-van-holland/    double click on this link  enjoy!

 

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Trip to PARIS DISNEY – September 2013 – Happy Kids

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  20 YEARS OF MAGIC

 On 20th September 2013,the 20th annual Magical Taxi Tour set off from East Wintergarden at Canary Wharf, heading for Disneyland Paris. Around 100 licensed taxis took children with life threatening illnesses for a weekend of Disney magic, but it is the children themselves who put the magic into the trip.

 

BIG BREAKFAST SEND OFF

Children and their carers began arriving at Canary Wharf for the Big Breakfast Send Off at around 7am, having been collected by the drivers from their homes and hospitals. Excitement was already running high as they arrived. Many of the sponsors of the trip were present at the breakfast event. Then a fanfare sounded, announcing the arrival of the Lord Mayor Locum Tenens Alderman Sir David Howard. Following brief speeches, Sir David Howard stood at the front of the convoy, together with Graham Woodhouse, Master of The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, and the countdown began to cut the ribbon that marks the beginning of the trip. As the taxis began to leave with their police escort of officers from both the UK and France, horns were blaring, people were cheering and waving. The taxi convoy was joined by the medical back up teams, ambulances, a tuck wagon and breakdown services heading down to board a P&O ferry at Dover. The ferry crossings were generously being donated by P&O once again this year.

On arrival in Calais, the convoy headed off down to Disneyland Paris, stopping for refuelling en route. At the service area, a party of clowns were waiting to welcome everyone and the children enjoyed refreshments and face painting during the break. Other travellers stand amazed at the sight of 100 London taxis, police bikes and support vehicles on a French service area and many wanted to know more about the trip.

 

CONVOY ARRIVES

On arrival at the hotel in the Magical Kingdom, everyone disembarked and checked in to their hotel rooms, followed by an evening meal. Then it is off to bed to get a good night’s rest before a day in the park itself. This year the weather was wonderful – a relief to those drivers who went on last year’s trip and got absolutely drenched in the rain. The sunshine had encouraged many visitors to the park but as part of this outing, the children get priority passes so they can access the rides quickly. Everyone was enjoying themselves and there were plenty of smiling faces spotted in the crowds as they were wearing their Magical Taxi Tour lanyards. Then it was time to return to the hotel and get ready to party.

As the guests arrived for The Gala Dinner – also attended by a certain well known mouse and his friends – the looks on their faces told what a great day they had enjoyed. For many the sight of the room decorated for the dinner caused lots of oohhs and ahhs, and once again the excitement built as the Disney characters arrived to meet and greet the children. Plenty of autographs were signed, ready to show to friends back home, and then a disco soon had the dance floor filled.

 

LEAVING FRANCE BEHIND

The taxis were ready and waiting once again for their passengers on Sunday morning. During the time before the tour left, children were taking the opportunity to get a good look at the police bikes and cars, complete with plenty of trying out of sirens.

The Magical Taxi Tour (http://www.magicaltaxitour.com) is organised by The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers and every aspect is arranged by unpaid volunteers. On behalf of the Magical Taxi Tour organising committee, grateful thanks go to all the sponsors who supported this year’s trip. Over the course of the 20 years, 2000 taxis have taken around 4,000 children to Disneyland Paris.  When the convoy is in motion on the motorway it is around seven miles long.

 

20 TOURS

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This year, eight of those taking part on the trip have completed each of the 20 tours. This means they have given 100 days of their time and covered 15000 miles. They are Fred Levey, Shaun Harris, John Harris, Ian Parsons, Paul Davis, Ken Flemwell, John Hill and Gill Wilson. All of the drivers are rewarded by the smiles of the children throughout the weekend; this is what makes The Magical Taxi Tour so special.

To find out more about the Magical Taxi Tour, please visit www.magicaltaxitour.com