Ealing Cabbie Collects Queen's Award for Charity

Ian Parsons accepted on behalf of the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans

Taxi charity volunteers Dick Goodwin and Ian Parsons

A Black Cab driver from Ealing has been to Westminster Abbey recently to accept an award on behalf of a charity for which he volunteers.

Ian Parson was officially presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) for the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans by The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

He was accompanied by his fellow volunteer Dick Goodwin this Monday (27 September) along with 14 other volunteer groups receiving the award.

On 27 September, Taxi Charity volunteers Ian Parsons and Dick Goodwin, attended an Honours and Awards Presentation at Westminster Abbey to officially receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS).

The Taxi Charity had been notified on the 2 June, that it had been awarded the QAVS, the highest prize given to local volunteer groups and widely regarded as the equivalent of an MBE for volunteers.

Ian Parsons, London Cabbie and Chairman, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said, “This morning’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service presentation at Westminster Abbey was a very proud moment for our charity and trade. As a London cabbie, I was deeply honoured to receive the Award on behalf of the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans. I am fully aware it is thanks to the efforts of all those who have supported our wonderful charity since its modest beginnings in 1948 which made this possible, and I would like to take the opportunity today to pay tribute to all concerned.”

The Taxi Charity is run by volunteer London black taxi drivers and has been supporting thousands of veterans of all ages since 1948. The charity arranges free trips to the Netherlands, Belgium, and France, for acts of commemoration and days out to museums, concerts, or fundraising events in the UK, to catch up with friends and comrades.

To find out more about the support the Taxi Charity offers veterans visit www.taxicharity.org.

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September 30, 2021