This year The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers will once again be hosting the Children's Magical Taxi Tour. On 16th September 2016 The Big Breakfast Send Off from Canary Wharf will herald the countdown to the ribbon cutting at 07.10am by the Lord Mayor Locum Tenens of the City of London, Alderman Sir David Wootton and the trip will begin.
The Big Breakfast Send Off is attended each year attended by a number of the sponsors and dignitaries, alongside the VIP guests - the children. More than 400 people set off on the trip, taking children with life limiting illnesses on this magical journey. Leaving the City of London with great excitement as many onlookers wave them off, the convoy of taxis makes its way down to Dover, with an escort of police from both sides of the Channel. On board the P&O ferry service to Calais, the convoy of taxis, with their VIP children and their carers’, supported by medics, the London Ambulance Service, the AA and breakdown services (just in case!) the children’s excitement continues to grow. Arriving in Calais there will be a regrouping on the harbour side before the convoy sets off to its destination of the Disneyland Paris resort.
Generous sponsors help fund the trip and the taxi drivers themselves give their time freely. This will be the 23rd time the trip has taken place, going from strength to strength with support of the Livery Companies and the corporate sector. Some of the taxi drivers have actually taken part in every single trip since the first one in 1994, an amazing commitment. The ferry trips are donated kindly by P&O. The car deck full of London taxis is quite a surprising sight to fellow travellers, as is the Disneyland hotel car park.
Once at the resort the children will enjoy a day in the theme park, followed by a Gala Dinner which is also attended by the Disney characters who sign autographs and pose for photos with the children - truly magical. Fund raising is a challenge and without the continuing support of the drivers, City Liveries and the Magical Taxi Tour sponsors this event could not carry on. But the Disney Organising Committee is confident it will carry on bringing smiles to the faces of these children and the supporting team who travel.