December 18, 2009
Many tales of generous cabbies reach the ears of The Cabbie but few are more impressive than the case of Brian and Heather Houssart, from Southend.
37 years ago, after helping out with the London cabbies’ outing to Southend, Brian was inspired to set up a local cause. Ever since, the Southend Taxi Drivers Charity Fund for Children has been building a strong tradition of excellent events.
The charity, to date, has taken over 15,800 children on fun days out that they would otherwise never experience – an outstanding achievement!
Brian commented , “Along with five similar local community-spirited cabbies, myself and my wife started the charity back in May 1972 and it has been going strong ever since.”
“This is a big year for us, Heather is 80 and I’m 75 and we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in August. We’ve worked together for many years to build the charity and it’s something we always treasure. With a good team around us, we enjoy putting something back into society for our local children.”
There’s little doubt that Brian and his wife have achieved exactly that. So much so that Brian was awarded an MBE in June this year in recognition of his efforts.
Brian recalls: “It was lovely to receive an MBE. In my view it recognises everyone who has been involved in the charity over the years.”