January 26, 2019
Blackpool taxi drivers have been praised for their continuous support of servicemen and for their donations to welfare work.
Representatives from Blackpool Licensed Taxi Operators Association (BLTOA) donated an outstanding £2,000 last year to the Royal Marines Association.
Donations Greatly Appreciated
National Chairman of the Royal Marines Association, Ron Bell, said: “We regularly receive donations from the BLTOA.
“I want to offer a huge thank you to BLTOA for yet another fantastic donation to Royal Marine Charities, something which I can assure them will be put to very good use.
“In many instances people think that because there isn’t any news of conflict in the media, the need for welfare has gone away, when just the opposite is actually true.
“Today we’re witnessing even greater calls on our resources and especially in the aftermath of protracted campaign activity we’ve witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan, where many have suffered life changing injuries both seen and unseen, or indeed paid the ultimate price.
“Sadly, our welfare teams are busier than ever and the dedication and generosity put in to raise this money by the taxi drivers and others, is truly appreciated.”
BLTOA organise a series of fundraising events, including the annual taxi pull along Blackpool Promenade. Ron added: “BLTOA members not only give freely of their time but often sacrifice a day’s wages in order to take part in one of their fundraising events, demonstrating considerable community spirit.”