WWII veteran driven in London cab to get Covid vaccine in Lancing
Major Edwin ‘Ted’ Hunt MVO was driven to Lancing Parish Hall for his second Covid vaccination on Friday by Taxi Charity volunteer and London cabbie Mike Hughes.
He was welcomed by Andy McGregor, chairman of Adur District Council, who said: “I was delighted to meet Ted, a true hero who is doing the right thing to protect the NHS, save lives and to, of course, soldier on.”
Major Hunt commanded 15 Rhino ferries on D-Day and after the war became a Royal Waterman and was appointed Queen’s Bargemaster in 1978. He retired from royal service as a Member of the Royal Victorian Order in 1990.
Dick Goodwin, Vice President of Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said: “The Taxi Charity has been supporting veterans since 1948 and in all that time we have never had a year like the last one.
“During the pandemic, our amazing volunteer cabbies have been so very generous with their time and assisted the veterans by doing food shopping or driving them to hospital appointments as well as making regular phone calls to stay connected.
“The veterans and the volunteer cabbies often become lifelong friends through the charity and London cabbie Mike Hughes, who took Major Ted for his second vaccination today, are a perfect example of the type of fabulous friendships that develop.”
To find out more about the support the Taxi Charity offers veterans, visit www.taxicharity.org