We are five fat cabbies! Five middle aged fat London cabbies. With a mission. Well, actually, we have two missions. The first stage is to lose a combined weight of 25 stone between us. And then, once we’ve climbed that mountain, we’re off to Tanzania to take a stroll up Africa’s highest mountain - Kilimanjaro. Impossible? We don’t think so and we’re a bunch of committed and positive people. And we believe that this is possible. Climbing Kilimanjaro is not for the feint hearted and a massive achievement. But to do this, a certain level of fitness, stamina and determination is needed. We may not have the fitness and stamina just yet. But determination- we have bundles. So how are we going to do what seems to be impossible?
It all started with a tweet - “Any other cabbies out there fancy losing weight with me and then climb Kilimanjaro?” I actually didn’t think too many people would be that interested. There was the expected copious amount of leg pulling but what emerged was a group of cabbies who were as serious about this as I was. I started to get a lot of private messages enquiring about this and we’ve ended up with a group of seven cabbies who have committed ourselves from start to finish.
So, here we are. All with the same goals in sight. Between us, we vary from 22 stone down to 16 and we all have individual targets as far as weight loss is concerned. But with a combined weight of 25 stone to lose, we’ve got to get going and start our new regimes.
We’ve all embarked on our new regimes. Particularly with eating and exercise. Out with the McDonald’s breakfasts and in with porridge’s, poached eggs and muesli!
About Taxi Charity :
The Taxi Charity For Military Veterans (formerly known as the London Taxi Benevolent Association For War Disabled) was formed in Fulham in 1948.
Its object then was to help war veterans, in their homes and hospitals, throughout London and the home counties, by providing entertainment, outings and much needed specialised equipment.
For our annual Worthing outing, we now collect veterans from all over London, including the Royal Hospital Chelsea and other Veterans' Homes, as well as those who still live in their own homes. This amounts to over 300 ex-service men and women and over 130 taxis.
In order to fund these outings, we seek donations from the general public and organisations, and we rely on volunteer London licensed taxi drivers to provide their taxis and time for free.
Over the past years, we have been fortunate enough, to be honoured with many guests, including HRH Princess Alexandra, HRH Prince Philip, HRH Duchess of Kent, Sir Douglas Bader, Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC and many celebrities of TV, sport and theatre.
And we are proud to say that those aims that were started back in 1948 are still alive to this present day and will continue as long as people within the taxi trade are willing to give their time and energy to help those who have given so much for their country.
Please support us and Taxi Charity by donating whatever you can. It's very much apreciated.
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Cabbies do Kilimanjaro
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We are raising much needed funds for Taxi Charity For Military Veterans because of their great work with our war veterans.
We take military veterans on trips in taxis to offer them comfort and enjoyment.
Charity Registration No. 264678