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Magical Taxi Tour: London cabbies take hundreds of sick children to Disneyland for ‘trip of a lifetime’

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 06/10/2017 Chloe Chaplain
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A group of London cabbies have embarked on a trip to take sick children on a "holiday of a lifetime" to Disneyland Paris.

The 100-strong convoy of black cabs left the City of London on Friday morning, accompanied by scores of youngsters being taken to the theme park for the three-day treat.

During the annual charity event, the capital's cab drivers take more than 200 children who are suffering from a range of chronic illnesses or life limiting conditions for a holiday.

Dubbed “the Magical Taxi Tour”, the three-mile long convoy is escorted on the drive from London to France by City of London Police, London Ambulance Service and AA breakdown trucks.

It is arranged by the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, which raises the £1,250 required for each taxi to cover the cost of hotel, fuel, food and admission charges.

The special weekend is organised to “give sick children a break from therapy and treatment”. Medical teams escort the families who, without that, would not be able to travel.

The tour is being documented on the Magical Taxi Tour Facebook group, which shows the convoy of cabs leaving Canary Wharf on Friday morning after being waved on their way by the Lord Mayor.

As the cars are making their way through the UK and France, they are garnering support from people sharing their admiration on social media.

One person Tweeted: “Just seen about 100 taxis @Magicaltaxitour drive past. amazing to see & such a great charity. Have a great time in paris! #magicaltaxitour.”

And another posted an image of the lines of cabs driving down the A2, writing: “Amazing convoy of 100 London cabs on A2 today #magicaltaxitour 2017 #TaxiDrivers taking sick children to @DisneylandParis Bravo!!”

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