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Taxis outside Buckingham Palace
 
 
Although the outings are perhaps the most recognised work of the LTFUC, the Trustees are totally committed to other ways of assisting the children by purchasing medical, recreational and communicative equipment for families, care centres, children's homes and hospitals, such as life saving premature baby monitors, special electric wheelchairs and computer equipment for autistic and cerebral palsy children. Every month we receive many appeals for help and the following are some of the many appeals granted by us :
 
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'STEP BY STEP' APPEAL
 
 
 
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New Jumping Castle Inaugurated!

Step by Step are proud to be the grateful recipients of a new jumping castle, kindly granted by the London Taxidrivers' Fund for Underprivileged Children. The jumping castle provides their children with a safe space to let off steam, have fun and enjoy activities that regular children enjoy.

LTFUC committee member Gerry Dunn MBE went down for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which took place at their summer play scheme. He was presented with a plaque in appreciation for granting the jumping castle to Step by Step.

Step by Step said "the jumping castle is a welcome addition to our range of toys and activities- it enables us to provide an even bigger range of activities for our children and to cater to the needs of all our children, no matter how disabled.

We are really grateful to the London Taxidrivers' fund for Underprivileged Children for granting us the jumping castle and for making such a difference in the lives of our disabled children."

 
 
 
THE LTFUC RE-KINDLES THEIR HISTORIC RELATIONSHIP WITH NORWOOD WITH A GENEROUS DONATION FOR THE CHARITY'S CHILDREN'S SERVICES - 7th June 2017
 
 
 
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L to R - Committee members Raymond Levy, Malcolm Shaffron and Colin Greaves
with Buckets and Spades Home Manager, Annette Shimoni
 
 
The London Taxidrivers' Fund for Underprivileged Children and children's charity 'Norwood' have revived a historic relationship that goes back almost 90 years.
 
Taxi driver Mick Cohen, who was housed at the orphanage in Norwood as a child, first had the idea to raise money for the Norwood orphanage in 1928 and recruited 12 black licensed cab drivers to help his cause.  As well as organising the first outing for the children, he and his colleagues raised money for the home - and the LTFUC was born
 
The fund, which to this day supports children with special needs through donating to relevant charities and organising outings, last week donated £1,214 to Norwood's Buckets and Spades children's service in East Finchley.  The money has gone to purchase a specialised shower chair, which is a crucial piece of equipment that allows the young people who use the home to bathe safely and comfortably.
 
Three committee members of the LTFUC, Hon. Secretary Malcolm Shaffron, PR Raymond Levy and Appeals Officer Colin Greaves took a tour of the home on Wednesday 7th June 2017 to see what their donation had paid for, as well as taking a tour of the service and meeting Buckets and Spades Home Manager, Annette Shimoni.
 
Annette said : "Donations like this are absolutely crucial to us to be able to keep offering the support we do for these young people.  We receive some funding, but it only covers staffing costs, so for everything else here we rely on the generosity of people like the LTFUC.  This shower chair will do a lot of good as it will allow people to shower safely".
 
LTFUC Honorary Secretary, Malcolm Shaffron, said : "We chose Norwood because of the incredible shared history between the two organisations.  As we approach our 90th anniversary in 2018, it is great to re-visit the relationship that started it all.  It is also great to come to a service like this and see directly what difference our donation will make".
 
 
 
 
THE LTFUC ARE INVITED TO THE
HELEN & DOUGLAS HOUSE CHILDREN'S HOSPICE, OXFORD
 
On Tuesday 14th August, 2012 some of the LTFUC committee, accompanied by their wives, were honoured and privileged to be invited to spend an afternoon at the Helen & Douglas House in Oxford.
 
Helen House opened in 1982 and is the world's first children's hospice celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and Douglas House opened in 2004. 
 
What an incredible place with such amazing and totally dedicated people and we all came away totally uplifted by everything we saw with our spirits raised high seeing these children receiving so much love, care and attention.  We had come armed with toys and were so happy to see the children playing with them before we left.
 
We extend grateful thanks to Tom Hill, Chief Executive and Clare Edwards, Director of Clinical Services for their kind hospitality and for making us so welcome.
 
 
 Toys for the Helen
The LTFUC Committee and their wives present toys to Helen & Douglas House
Chief Executive, Tom Hill and to the Director of Clinical Services, Clare Edwards
 
 LTFUC Committee at Helen
Committee members Steve Bell, Raymond Levy, Michael Son & David Lessman
 In the middle - Chief Executive of the Helen & Douglas House, Tom Hill
 
 
THE LTFUC ATTEND A RECEPTION AT
THE AHOY BOAT CENTRE, DEPTFORD, SE8
 
On Monday 27th June, 2011 the LTFUC's Hon. President Bill Tyzack, BEM, Hon. Chair Susan Angel, Press Officer Raymond Levy and Assistant Treasurer Lilian Julier all attended a reception to celebrate the progress in establishing the AHOY's new community building.
 
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal had also been invited to see the new building and to officially name a new Power Cat 40 Boat 'The Ahoy Freedom', which is the only boat in the UK that can be crewed by youth with disabilities.
 
In 2006 the LTFUC donated in excess of £11,000 to the Ahoy Centre to have a boat specially built to enable disabled children to sail on the River Thames and it was great to hear that it had been bringing a lot of pleasure to so many children.
 
We thank the Ahoy Centre for the kind invite and great buffet reception that was provided.
 
 LTFUC Committee at the Ahoy Centre
 LTFUC Committee at the Ahoy Centre
 

New Ahoy Power Boat

 New Power Cat 40 Boat 'The Ahoy Freedom'
 
 2011 Ahoy
LTFUC Hon. President and Hon. Chair meet HRH, The Princess Royal
 
 
PRESENTATION TO THE JOSEPH CLARKE SCHOOL FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
 
On Wednesday 12th January 2011 the Hon. Chair and Committee of the LTFUC attended the Joseph Clarke School for the Visually Impaired at Highams Park, London, E4 to officially present the staff and children with some much needed equipment, consisting of notebooks, computer touch screens, projectors, tripods, etc. value £10,000, following an appeal we had received from them.
 
 

Committee at Joseph Clarke School presentation

  Hon. Chair, Susan Angel with the committee and children
 

The Assistant Head Teacher, Mrs H L’Aimable, informed us that the school had 84 pupils and Clive, one of the pupils, kindly showed us around after the presentation.  We were thrilled and delighted to see the children using the new equipment, as being given access to the latest technology, many of them can go on to compete successfully with their sighted peers and proceed into higher education and train and equip themselves for employment opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 Trying out the new equipment

 

The LTFUC’s Hon. Chair, Susan Angel, introduced each committee member to everyone and we all left feeling very proud and privileged to be able to assist and help such a worthy cause.  We all enjoyed the afternoon and thank the school most sincerely for the refreshments provided to us.   

 

 

 

PRESENTATION TO 'GIVING A CHILD A BREAK'

(POLICE SUMMER CAMP PROJECT)

The kind invitation to attend the Police Summer Camp Barbecue, Disco and Prize Giving on the last night of camp on Thursday 29th July 2010 was well attended by the Committee. We had received an appeal to fund six new much needed Tents, value £720 and we were very pleased to officially present these to the Police Summer Camp Project and witness them in use.

 Presentation by Committee

(LTFUC Committee with Camp Chairman Debbie Townsend & Camp Fund Raiser Michelle Goggi)

The Police Summer Camp was started in 1981 with just 10 children and this number has now swelled to 60, with the Camp celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2011. It was obvious that the very deserving children on site had experienced a wonderful week and the Committee spent a great evening taking part in the prize giving.

 

 
PRESENTATION IN MEMORY OF THE LATE DOUGLAS SHERRY, MBE
(known in the taxi trade as "The Godfather")
 
The late Douglas Sherry, MBE was a great friend to the taxi trade and was very highly thought of by us all, so it was very fitting that on Saturday 8th August, 2009 the committees of three of London's Taxi trade charities, The London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled, The London Taxidrivers' Fund for Underprivileged Children and The Taxi Driver of the Year Charity Fund came together to make a donation to the London Medical centre, Marylebone High Street, in Doug's memory. 
 

The London Medical centre had been chosen by Doug’s wife Audrey, as it was here that Doug received first class treatment for his diabetes and a much needed Diasend Modem machine, value £1,200, was donated to Dr Abrahams and his Nurse Consultant Laila King in Doug’s memory, with a suitable plaque affixed to mark the occasion. The Diasend machine enhances the communication between care providers and patients with diabetes and is a free-standing system and a complete solution for transmitting, storing and monitoring diabetes patients’ glucose readings and/or insulin pump doses. 

 
Plaque to be affixed to machine
 
 
 
 Presentation to Doctor Abrahams
 
L-R: President Harry Joel, MBE and Hon. Chairman Richard Hudd, both of The London Taxi Benevolent Association,
Dr. Abrahams,  Russell Poluck, MBE, Hon. Chairman of The Taxi Driver of the Year Charity Fund and
 David Lessman, Hon. Chairman of the London Taxidrivers' Fund for Underprivileged Children
 
Audrey Sherry receives flowers
 
Audrey Sherry with Russell Poluck, MBE, Richard Hudd, Bill Tyzack, BEM and David Lessman
 

A bouquet of flowers was presented to Audrey Sherry from the three charities and Dr Abrahams made a speech thanking everyone and said they will think of Doug with fond memories every time the Diasend is used.  As this system will be a huge asset to the London Medical centre, we are sure Doug will be looking down with a smile on his face knowing that as usual he is still helping people.  Doug was a true legend who will never be forgotten.

 

                                              

WOODFIELD SPECIAL SCHOOL, KINGSBURY, NW9

On Tuesday 23rd June 2009 the LTFUC were invited to attend Woodfield Special School in Kingsbury, north west London, to attend the official opening of the school's new medical room, which had been completely furnished by the fund at a cost of £3,000.

 

Woodfield Special School Medical Room

Commitee members anxiously wait their turn in the new Medical Room - they do look in need of a little medical attention !!

 Woodfield Special School Welfare Officer with the Committee

    Looking much happier now they have been checked out by the school's Welfare Officer,

 Evelyn Shaffron, wife of committee member Malcolm Shaffron 

In attendance on the day were the Chairman David Lessman and other members of the fund.  After a welcoming speech by the Head Teacher, the Committee and other dignitaries, including the Mayor of Brent, were treated to a lovely buffet lunch prepared by the students of the sixth form and were then invited to attend the opening of the new sixth form building which incorporated the medical room. The furnishings the fund purchased included a pull-down bed, lock up medicine cabinets, curtains, a computer and accessories, plus many other items. 

 

Medical Room Plaque

(Plaque outside new Medical Room)

 

Before the LTFUC stepped in, the school did not have a proper medical room, but now with this purchase, the Welfare Officer can give the best treatment available to the students.

 

 (Photos by Nadia Attura (Photographer) - www.nadia-attura.com)

 

 

KISHARON DAY SCHOOL, TEMPLE FORTUNE

On 22nd January 2009, the LTFUC presented an Easy-Lift Bench to Kisharon's Day School in Temple Fortune.  The donation of the electric changing bench, worth over £2,000, will help facilitate the changing of the younger pupils at the 'special needs' school.

Kisharon is a charity established 32 years ago, which specialises in caring for and educating children and adults with learning disabilities.  Kisharon prides itself on having extremely accredited services that cover life span provision from an integrated nursery to residential and supported living services.  Kisharon are raising money to maintain the high quality of services that they provide and to meet the shortfall in funding from government and local authorities.  To donate to Kisharon, please visit the link www.justgiving.com/kisharon.

 

 Kisharon Appeal

Committee members Gerry Dunn, MBE,  Hon. Chairman David Lessman,

 Hon. Secretary, Malcolm Shaffron & Kisharon's Beverley Jacobson

 

Kisharon's Beverley Jacobson, Chief Executive, was joined by several members of the Fund at the ceremony, which saw the unveiling of the bench to staff and pupils.  Dr. Jacobson commented "We would like to thank the London Taxidrivers' Fund for their wonderful donation.  Their contribution will help our staff to continue to provide a high-level of care within the community."   David Lessman, Chairman of the London Taxidrivers' Fund for Underprivileged Children said: "Kisharon provides an essential service and we are delighted to be able to contribute to the school and provide a much needed piece of equipment."

 

DOCKLAND SCOUT PROJECT, LONDON, E14

On Saturday 11th October 2008 the LTFUC made an official presentation of four especially equipped boats for 'special needs' children, value £12,000, to the Dockland Scout Project at their marina.  The amount of £12,000 had been bequeathed to the LTFUC by the late Daphne Joan Lines, who was a great supporter of the fund.  (Full coverage of this presentation can be seen on a separate web page).

 

Committee at Dockland Scout Project presentation

 Some members of the LTFUC Committee at the Marina with one of the presented boats named 'Taxi'

 

BRITISH RED CROSS

On Sunday 7th September 2008 the LTFUC continued their 80th anniversary celebrations by holding a fun day at the Piazza, Covent Garden and during the day Hon. Chairman, David Lessman, joined by the Committee, made a presentation of 20 children's Wheelchairs, totalling £4,000 to Sue Dowell, the London Fundraising Manager of British Red Cross. We had received an appeal from the British Red Cross to purchase some wheelchairs for them and were delighted to help this worthy cause. Sue thanked the LTFUC and said the chairs will greatly improve the lives of many children.  The chairs were proudly displayed at the Piazza with many visitors taking a great interest in them.

 

British Red Cross Presentation

Hon. Chairman David Lessman presents the wheelchairs to Sue Dowell

 

KISHARON (Tuffkid Nursery, Western Avenue, NW11)

Kisharon is a British charity founded in 1976 and specialises in caring for and educating children and adults with profound learning disabilities.  Typically many students may have one or more of the following : Asperger's Syndrome, Down's Syndrome, Autism and Cerebal Palsy.

Tuffkid Nursery is part of the Kisharon charity and following an appeal from them, the LTFUC were very pleased to help by donating an Easy Life Electric Changing Bench, value £3,000.

On Monday 17 September 2007 Kisharon's Deputy Executive Director, Jacalyn Sank, was joined by the LTFUC's Hon. Chairman, David Lessman, Hon. Treasurer, Gerry Dunn MBE and Press Officer, Raymond Levy, at a ceremony which saw the unveiling of a plaque to mark the occasion.

 

Kisharon Appeal

Hon. Chairman, David Lessman with committee members

 Raymond Levy and Gerry Dunn MBE at the Tuffkid Nursery

 

Jacalyn Sank commented "We would like to thank the London Taxidrivers' Fund for Underprivileged Children for their wonderful donation.  Their contribution will help our staff to continue to provide a high level of care within the community".  David Lessman, Hon. Chairman of the LTFUC, said "Kisharon provides an essential service and we are delighted to be able to contribute to the nursery and provide a much needed piece of equipment."

 

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE HOSPITAL, EUSTON ROAD, LONDON, NW1

The LTFUC donated a new Children's Sensory Room to the UCH and the official opening and presentation of the room took place on Friday 10 November 2006.  (Full details and images are shown on separate web pages)

 

THE AHOY CENTRE, DEPTFORD, SE8

An amount in excess of £11,000 was donated to the Ahoy Centre to enable them to have a specially equipped boat built for disabled young people.  (Full details are shown on a separate web page)

 

CHARLTON PARK RIDING SCHOOL FOR DISABLED

The Riding School wrote to us asking if the trustees could help with the purchase of a saddle, as they were desperate to continue their efforts in teaching children with disabilities to ride horses and we were pleased to present a saddle, tack and saddlecloth inscribed with the fund's name to the School. Riding ponies gives these children an enormous amount of stimulation and pleasure and proves to be very therapeutic and we were very pleased to help such a worthy cause.

 

BEORMUND PRIMARY SCHOOL, SOUTHWARK, SE1

We were pleased to fund over £5,600 to cover the cost of a new therapy room at the school, which was named the "Rainbow Room".  The children attending the school all suffer from severe emotional and behavioural problems and this room will greatly benefit them and help to improve their lives immensely.  The new therapy room had another great meaning to the LTFUC, as the room was built in memory of our late long serving Honorary Life President, Arnold Burns, a wonderful and highly respected man.

 

QUEENSMILL SCHOOL, CLANCARTY ROAD, FULHAM

The LTFUC gave a "75th anniversary" grant of £15,000 to the Queensmill School to create a spectacular new Taxi Library.  The school is a specialist primary unit and caters for more than 60 children aged 3 to 11, all having Autistic Spectrum Disorders.  These children have no desire to communicate, have little understanding, no sense of danger and can often, with their families, be socially isolated.  The trustees were thrilled that many children would benefit and that this project would serve as a lasting commemoration of the fund's 75th anniversary.

 

ST. THOMAS'S HOSPITAL - LARGEST EVER DONATION

In 1991 the Fund made its largest single donation of £26,000.  St. Thomas's Hospital Premature Baby Unit received specialised life saving equipment which monitors premature babies, regulates the amount of oxygen to be administered and reduces the number who suffer brain damage or become physically handicapped.  On the day the committee presented the equipment to the hospital a lady, whose husband coincidentally was a London taxi driver, had just given birth to twins.  Unfortunately, one of the children had died, but the other was put on the life support equipment donated by the Fund and was doing well.