November 8, 2018
Private hire taxi drivers in Merseyside have been praised for the kind-hearted gesture they have planned for war veterans this Remembrance Sunday.
The selfless drivers have come up with a brilliant way to help Merseyside veterans as the UK sets to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Handy Cars Kind Efforts
Wallasey-based taxi company, Handy Cars, has received widespread praise from the public as they plan on offering their taxi services free of charge to veterans. Handy Cars employees and a group of other taxi drivers in Wirral will provide free lifts for veterans, to and from the council-organised service, at Hamilton Square in Birkenhead.
Alan Gilfoyle of Handy Cars said: “I’ve always supported our armed forces. I have some good friends still serving and some who are out of service though suffer with post traumatic stress disorder.
“It’s 100 years since the end of the war and this could be the last chance many veterans will have to attend with dwindling health and so on.
“This year, I wanted to help the older generation. So far, the public feedback has been overwhelming and the support from other drivers has been fantastic.”
Alan came up with the idea last year, after arranging for taxi drivers to deliver toys to children who don’t get presents at Christmas. He then thought Remembrance Day would also present a great opportunity for taxi drivers to get involved and help those in the community.
Spreading his idea further, Alan used Facebook to announce his services. He posted that he could carry four passengers while asking if any other taxi or private hire drivers would be able to help too. The post received more than 1,100 reactions and 130 comments.
Community Joins War Veterans
“I’m just doing what I can to help them out. It’s nice to be nice. I just need some veterans to take now.”
The taxi drivers will help the veterans get to and from the annual civic Remembrance Sunday service led by the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Geoffrey Watt. Representatives from the armed forces, cadets and emergency services will also be in attendance.
Leader of Wirral Council, Councillor Phil Davies, said: “This is a wonderful gesture by a local resident and Wirral driver.
“On behalf of the council and all those who will be attending Remembrance Services across Wirral, I applaud Alan and his colleagues for their act of kindness.”
Delighted to be able to help, Alan commented: “I’m just doing what I can to help them out. It’s nice to be nice. I just need some veterans to take now.”
Visit Handy Cars’ Facebook group to get involved and find out more about the free lifts available for war veterans.