A London charity really pushed the cabs out for WWII Royal Navy Veterans Ernie and Harry by becoming their “Plus 2s” at a historic dinner on board HMS Victory earlier this month.
Brave Veterans Ernie Davis and Harry Rice, who boast 190 years between them, were treated by their guests to a memorable celebrity red carpet luxury weekend, all thanks to the kindness of our boys in Black Cabs aka The Taxi Charity.
The big-hearted black cabbies whisked the veterans from their homes to Portsmouth, where they enjoyed a tot of rum. They then headed to the historic dockyard where special security arrangements had been made for the London Black Cab to pull up alongside Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory.
Ernie Davies, 96, and Harry Rice, 95, were absolutely delighted to be invited to the Defence Military Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Benevolent Fund Dinner on 9 October on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth. “We felt very privileged to have been invited to attend this evening on the Royal Navy’s most famous warship,” said a very grateful Ernie and Harry.
Finally, for the last leg of the special weekend, the charity checked Ernie and Harry in for an overnight hotel stay, polished off with a hearty breakfast the next day.
The Taxi Charity is run by volunteer London black taxi drivers and has been supporting thousands of veterans of all ages since 1948, arranges free trips to the Netherlands, Belgium, and France, for acts of commemoration and days out. “The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans is proud of its links with the DMRC (Defence Military Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall) and was honoured to be included as guests at the Benevolent Fund Dinner on board Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory. It was an added bonus that we were able to take two WWII Royal Naval veterans who enjoyed an outstanding evening,” said Frances Wyhowska, Vice President, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.