Get behind one of Millwall's charity partnersDick Goodwin and his team of London cabbies are appealing for your votes as they strive to get national recognition for our veterans disabled in war on BBC One in this year's National Lottery Awards.
The project, which Millwall proudly supports year-in, year-out, beat off stiff competition from over 600 organisations to reach the public voting stage in the annual search for the UK's favourite Lottery-funded initiatives.
The London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled is competing against six other projects to be crowned the winner of the Charity/Voluntary category. If they win, they get a £3,000 cash prize to spend on their project; an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy; the chance to attend a star-studded glittering Awards ceremony in London; and the opportunity to be featured in a special Awards show broadcast on BBC One in September.
The Association, which is mostly made up of volunteer taxi drivers, has been running trips for veterans since 1948. With a special anniversary coming up, they applied for National Lottery funding and were successful. An example of the fine work the charity do came last year when 92 London taxi drivers and volunteers took 120 World War Two veterans and their carers on a five-day trip to the Netherlands, joining the Dutch people for the 70th anniversary of the liberation. The veterans were picked up from their homes, or the Union Jack Club in Waterloo, and taken in black cabs to Holland, where locals gave them a true heroes' welcome, lining the roads, cheering and waving flags.
Goodwin, the Association's Events Organiser, said: "I'm absolutely delighted that we've reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards. It's really easy to vote so we're hoping that people will get behind us. It would be a fantastic rewards for everyone involved in the project as well as recognition for the veterans."
To vote for the London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled please click here or call 0844 836 9712. You can follow the campaign on Twitter with #NLAwards.
Voting is open until midnight on Wednesday 20th July.
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