November 24, 2015
Santa Claus will be coming to town a week early in Tyne and Wear in aid of St Clare Hospice.
St Clare Hospice
Local charity, St Clare Hospice, cares for hundreds of people across West Essex and East Hertfordshire each year, supporting them and their families through life-limiting illnesses.
For the second year in a row, 32-year-old Darren Murphy will get behind the wheel of his wheelchair accessible cab dressed as the big man himself to participate in a Christmas fundraiser in memory of his dad, Thomas.
Thomas passed away in January 2014 after suffering with cancer but was made comfortable and treated with dignity in the later stages of his illness with the help of the staff at the hospice. To say thanks, Darren has arranged this fundraiser to give a little back.
He commented: “My dad is the motivation behind the fundraising. Since he passed away, I’ve wanted to raise money for St Clare’s Hospice.
“They looked after him so well and I’ve seen first-hand what a great job the staff do there so I just want to do something to help. I did the same thing last year but I’m hoping this year will be even bigger.”
A Magical Taxi Ride
After the success of last year’s fundraiser, Darren is excited to be donning Santa’s famous red suit and snow white beard again.
Whilst on shift between 11am on the 19th of December and 2am the following morning, his customers will be in for a magical journey. After all, it’s not often you can say you were taken home by Santa Claus.
As well as taxi rides, he’s also doing home visits at a cost of £10 and all proceeds will go to the hospice.
Darren added: “I’ve had bookings already, including one from a local dance school. Last year all of the customers loved it – particularly the children.”
“I did the same thing last year but I’m hoping this year will be even bigger.”
Darren will be placing donation boxes around his cab and is hoping his customers will dig deep to help the claus. Donations can also be made in the Central Taxis office on Hudson Street.
All the best Darren – here’s ho ho hoping for a great result!