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Help WW2 veterans attend Liberation Parade

8 August 2014

Annual collection at The Den on Saturday

On Saturday, when we open our Championship campaign against Leeds United at The Den, the London Taxi Drivers Benevolent Fund will be holding their annual collection for a very good cause.

Dick Goodwin explains: "Our main aim is to take as many WW2 veterans as possible back to The Netherlands next May. 

"Wageningen, near Arnhem, is the Dutch town where the peace was signed in May 1945 and each year they hold a large Liberation Parade. Next year, the 70th Anniversary, will be the last time they hold this parade. 

"The Dutch absolutely love our veterans and treat them as if they were Royalty.

"Our aim is to raise £100,000 to enable us to take up to 160 veterans in 85 taxis to what will probably be their last big hurrah!  

"Hopefully we will get a proportion of this amount donated to us from organisations such as the Royal British Legion etc and would hope to obtain the remainder from our collections at Millwall, railway stations and shopping centres etc.

"We are also working with disabled servicemen and women from Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre, organising day and evening events for them and we aim to give our veterans lunches when and where we can.    

"Our collectors are a great bunch of ladies and gents. All are veterans, most are either late 80s or 90s, two are 94 and they all do a tremendous job for our charity.

"Thanking you for all Millwall and your fans do for us."

If you know of a Second World War veteran who might like to make this historic final trip to Holland next May, email Dick at dickg@taxicharity.org


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