December 31, 2018
A Glasgow taxi driver has been thanked by Prime Minister, Theresa May, for helping ex-service veterans.
David Gibson has been offering free travel with his Fare4Free taxi scheme.
Travel Scheme to Help Aid Isolation
Mr Gibson set up the scheme to help combat social isolation among ex-service personnel. The idea first came to the light when he overheard friends discuss the difficulties getting to health appointments and facing loneliness.
Mr Gibson’s kind gesture of personally offering free trips and encouraging other taxi firms to get involved has helped raise the schemes awareness.
Since its launch in 2016, the scheme has now supported 450 veterans with more than 5000 free taxi trips worth a staggering £150,000 in fares.
Rewarded by Making a Difference
“The success of your pioneering initiative ‘Fares4Free’ is a testament to your remarkable commitment.”
In recognition of Mr Gibson’s kind efforts, he’s since been awarded the Point of Light award. The Prime Minister’s Points of Light award recognises outstanding volunteers in the UK that are making a change in their community.
After receiving the award, Theresa May sent a personal letter to Mr Gibson stating: “The success of your pioneering initiative ‘Fares4Free’ is a testament to your remarkable commitment to ensuring that veterans across Scotland have a strong support network.
“You should feel enormously proud of inspiring so many other taxi drivers to provide invaluable support for Armed Forces communities who’ve made great sacrifices in the service of our country.”
Beating Social Isolation One Mile at a Time
Mr Gibson hopes that recognition of his award will help encourage even more people to get involved and help.
He said: “I’m pleased to accept the Prime Minister’s Point of Light Award on behalf of many drivers and taxi firms around the country. To those who give up their time and income to help us help veterans reach essential services and beat social isolation one mile at a time.
“This will encourage us to grow the service and to seek new partnerships. These partners provide a life-changing safety net that stays in place ready to assist our most vulnerable veterans.”
The scheme was recognised in the House of Commons by East Renfrewshire Member of Parliament, Paul Masterton.
He said: “It’s fantastic to see such an important organisation being recognised by the Prime Minister.
“David is an incredible, selfless human being and quite simply, if it wasn’t for the Fares4Free team, hundreds of veterans across Scotland would see their quality of life substantially reduced.
“They’re not only a free lift to a vital appointment, but an answer to the increasingly worrying rise of isolation and depression.”