Christina Bowden

The Market Garden Challenge for the Taxi Charity

Fundraising for Taxi Charity For Military Veterans
raised of £10,000 target
by 54 supporters
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Participants: Chris Willmott and Seb Philp
We take military veterans on trips in taxis to offer them comfort and enjoyment.


Thanks for taking the time to visit Chris and Seb's Just Giving Page for their Market Garden Challenge. They successfully completed the challenge and want to thank everyone who supported and or donated.

This September Taxi Charity volunteers Chris and Seb plan to cycle 115km across The Netherlands on WWII gearless bikes and then walk 40km to commemorate the battle fought by the allies during Operation Market Garden in 1944

Taxi Charity volunteer’s Chris Willmott and Seb Philp have set themselves an impressive two-day challenge to raise £10k for the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.

Aiming to replicate the routes of 1944, the duo will first cycle along the 'Garden' route taken by XXX (30) Corps in 1944, then walk along the 1st Airborne Division 'Market' route used during Operation Market Garden in September 1944. The challenge will begin at 6.00am on Friday 2 September when they will cycle 115 kilometres from Joe’s
Bridge no 9 on the Bocholt-Herentals Canal on the Belgian border to the town of Oosterbeek in The Netherlands via Arnhem. Wanting to make the cycle ride as authentic as possible Chris and Seb will
be riding two gearless WWII Airborne folding bicycles generously loaned by the Airborne Museum at Duxford and The Glider Museum at Wolfheze.

The following day, Saturday 3 September at 6.00am they will walk 40 kilometres on a route which takes in the key locations of the 1st Airborne Division during Operation Market Garden as part of the ‘Wandletocht’ event, organised by the Oosterbeek Police sports association. They will walk the 40k route carrying a 35lb British Army ‘bergen’ rucksack replicating the weight carried as part of the Airborne selection process.

During the two-day challenge, WWII veteran John Jeffries’  ashes will accompany Chris and Seb on their journey. Part of the 1st Airborne Division John landed on Ginkel Heath on 18 September 1944 as part of Operation Market Garden.

Chris Willmott, former member of the Parachute Regiment and Taxi Charity volunteer, said, “I have been volunteering for the Taxi Charity since 2016 and when I  recently heard that some funding that they
had been promised was not going to be awarded I spoke with Seb, and we decided that we would try to raise the money that the charity had been expecting. We hope that this first challenge will raise  £10,000  and that we can do more over the next year to raise a total of £45k to help The Taxi Charity fund future commemoration trips to The Netherlands and Normandy.”

Seb Philp, London Cab Driver, Army Reservist and Taxi Charity volunteer, said, “Chris and I are honoured to be carrying WWII veteran John Jeffries ashes with us during our challenge. John was a much-loved member of the Taxi Charity family, and he always enjoyed the charity commemoration  trips to The Netherlands. We are both
confident of completing the challenge and really hope that the period bikes do not let us down!”

Since  1948 The Taxi Charity has supported veterans from all conflicts  and has helped WWII veterans to  return to the former
battlefields of Normandy and Arnhem in convoys of iconic London Taxis.

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About the charity

The Taxi Charity For Military Veterans (formerly known as the London Taxi Benevolent Association For War Disabled) was formed in Fulham in 1948. Its object then was to help war veterans, in their homes and hospitals, throughout London and the home counties, by providing entertainment, outings and much needed specialised equipment. Our aim now is simple: to work for the benefit, comfort and enjoyment of military veterans, to the best of our ability. For our annual Worthing outing, we now collect veterans from all over London, including the Royal Hospital Chelsea and other Veterans' Homes, as well as those who still live in their own homes. This amounts to over 300 ex-service men and women and over 130 taxis. In order to fund these outings, we seek donations from the general public and organisations, and we rely on volunteer London licensed taxi drivers to provide their taxis and time for free.

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