Magical Taxi Tour sets off from Canary Wharf with 180 kids for Disney Paris
PUBLISHED: 20:02 12 October 2012
A convoy of 100 taxis set off from Canary Wharf early this-morning taking 180 children suffering from life-threatening illnesses on the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland in Paris.
They were waved off by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Ald David Wootton, after a hearty breakfast at the Marriott Hotel in West India Quay.
The taxi drivers taking part in the ‘Magical Taxi Tour’ are self-employed cabbies who give up several days of work to make dreams come true for the children.
The youngsters were collected from their homes and hospitals with their carers, given breakfast, then set off for the P&O channel ferry.
Police outriders escorted the convoy all the way to Paris—including French cops who come over to help. They were joined by volunteer ambulance crews, the AA and doctors and nurses from the hospitals where the children get treatment.
The children are spending a day in the Disney theme park and are meeting their favourite cartoon characters at a gala dinner later, before heading home on Sunday.
The annual Magical Taxi Tour has been run by the City’s Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers for 19 years, every aspect arranged by volunteers. Around 1,700 taxis have taken nearly 4,000 children to Euro Disney since 1993—covering more than half-a-million miles between them. The convoy stretches for up to seven miles when it travels along the motorway.