London Taxi Drivers’ Fund for Underprivileged Children

OUR HISTORY

Since 1928, we have been helping children less fortunate than others. As well as our famous yearly seaside outings, we also hold exciting events for the children and we raise money to deal with the many appeals we receive.

Please take a look through our Timeline to see the journey we have been on over the past 90 years.

1928 – The LTFUC is Born

A taxi driver named Mick Cohen, who had grown up in the Norwood Orphanage, recruited 12 drivers to organise an outing and raise money for the Home.

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1931 – The Birth of a Tradition

The coaches of the previous years were replaced by 40 licensed taxis decorated with Union Jacks.

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1949 – The Committee is Formed

Four years after WWII had ended the first official committee of the London Taxi Drivers’ Fund for Underprivileged Children was formed.

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1950 – Media Coverage

For the first time, television and newspapers reported on the annual outing.

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1951 – Off to Brighton

The venue was moved to the south coast of Brighton.

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1953 – The LTFUC Grows

Growth meant that they could increase the number of children being helped by allowing other Homes to be involved in the outings.

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1966 – Southend-on-Sea

After alternating the previous year’s outing destination, the Committee decided on Southend-on-Sea as a permanent location.

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1974 – Royal Film Premiere

The LTFUC hosted a Royal World Charity Premiere film called ‘The Island at the Top of the World’.

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1984 – All Aboard the Orient Express

A special trip was arranged for 45 children to go on the Orient Express.

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1988 – Our Diamond Jubilee

After 60 years the LTFUC celebrated its Diamond Jubilee.

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1989 – Lady Di

The LTFUC were honoured and privileged to have Her Royal Highness Diana, Princess of Wales attend the children’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Grosvenor House.

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1990 – Back to Brighton

Due to rebuilding work at Southend, the outing returned to Brighton after a break of 27 years but now with a party of well over 500.

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1991 – St Thomas Hospital

The charity makes its largest single donation of £26,000 to St. Thomas Hospital Premature Baby Unit.

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1992 – Bonjour Calais

A day trip to Calais was organised for the children, courtesy of P&O European Ferries and Esso Fresh Smell Diesel who supplied the fuel for all 120 taxis.

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1993 – Back to Southend-On-Sea

This year saw our annual seaside outing return to Southend.

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1994 – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

The Mad Hatter’s Christmas Party, held at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane becomes an annual event.

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1995 – VE Day Celebrations

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of VE Day, the Fund organised a special outing for 300 disadvantaged children.

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1997 – Taxi Safari Reinstated

After a break of 10 years, the Taxi Safari outing was reinstated.

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1998 – Lord Mayor’s Show

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary, seven taxis took part in the very prestigious Lord Mayor’s Show, one for each decade of the charity’s existence.

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2003 – Buckingham Palace

The LTFUC were invited to take 200 special needs and disadvantaged children in a convoy of 100 decorated taxis to a special tea party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

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2004 – HRH Prince of Wales

The Committee of the LTFUC attended a reception held in the gardens of Clarence House.

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2006 – University College Hospital

The LTFUC donated a new Children’s Sensory Room to the University College Hospital on Euston Road.

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2007 – Kisharon Donation

The LTFUC donated £3,000 to Kisharon, a British charity founded in 1976.

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2008 – Celebrating 80 years

A Gala Dinner and Dance was held in the Palace of Westminster to celebrate 80 years of assisting disadvantaged children in Greater London.

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2009 – School Donations

The LTFUC presented an Easy-Lift Bench to Kisharon’s Day School in Temple Fortune.

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2010 – Royal patronage

The charity is given Royal Patronage from the Duchess of Cornwall.

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2012 – Buckingham Palace

The Fund’s Hon. Chair, Susan Angel and committee member Michael Son attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

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2016 – Michael Son BEM

Trustee Michael Son is awarded a BEM in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List.

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2017 – Cockney Harvest Festival

The LTFUC attend the traditional annual London Pearly Kings & Queens Costermongers’ (19th anniversary) Harvest Festival Parade.

 

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2018 – Celebrating 90 Years

A host of celebrities turned out to join the LTFUC’s 2018 ‘Mad Hatter’s’ 90th Anniversary celebration party.

 

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