London Taxi Drivers’ Fund for Underprivileged Children re-kindles historic relationship with Norwood with generous donation for charity’s children’s services

12 June 2017

The London Taxi Drivers’ Fund for Underprivileged Children (LTFUC) and Jewish charity Norwood have revived a historic relationship that goes back almost 90 years.

Taxi driver Mick Cohen, who was housed at the Jewish orphanage in Norwood as a child, first had the idea to raise money for the Norwood orphanage in 1928 and recruited 12 black cab drivers to help his cause. As well as organising the first outing for the children, he and his colleagues raised money for the home – and the LTFUC was born.

The fund, which to this day supports children with special needs through donating to relevant charities and organising outings, last week donated £1,214 to Norwood’s Bucket and Spades children’s service in East Finchley. The money has gone to a specialised shower chair, which is a crucial piece of equipment that allows the young people who use the home to bathe safely and comfortably.

Three committee members of the LTFUC, Hon. Secretary Malcolm Shaffron, PR Raymond Levy and Appeals Officer Colin Greaves took a tour of the home on Wednesday 7th June, 2017 to see what their donation had paid for, as well as taking a tour of the service and meeting home manager Annette Shimoni.

Buckets and Spades home manager Annette Shimoni said: “Donations like this are absolutely crucial for us to be able to keep offering the support we do for these young people. We receive some funding but it only covers staffing costs, so for everything else here we rely on the generosity of people like LTFUC. This shower chair will do a lot of good as it will allow people to shower safely.”

LTFUC Honorary Secretary Malcolm Shaffron said: “We chose Norwood because of the incredible shared history between the two organisations. As we approach our 90th anniversary in 2018, it’s great to re-visit the relationship that started it all. It’s also great to come to a service like this and see directly what difference our donation will make.”

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About Norwood

Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities and autism.

Founded in 1795, Norwood is one of the UK’s oldest charities and the only Jewish charity to enjoy the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.

It supports children and adults to maximise their potential at home, at school and throughout their lives, through personalised services designed to enable choice.

About London Taxi Drivers’ Fund for Underprivileged Children

Since 1928, The London Taxidrivers’ Fund for Underprivileged Children, with the help of many London taxi drivers and carers, has hundreds of outings for children with special needs. The annual trips to the seaside in convoys of taxis are always a firm favourite, but taking children to the circus, the zoo, and theatres are also very exciting events.

Not forgotten are the dependents of London taxi drivers, who have hit hard times through illness and other unfortunate circumstances. At Christmas, taxi trade organisations supply details of taxi drivers who are unable to work for various reasons and, as you can imagine, this causes great hardship and suffering to the families concerned, especially during the festive season.

About Buckets and Spades

Buckets and Spades is an Ofsted registered, short-break residential service. It provides a range of short breaks, including overnight stays, for children and young people up to the age of 18 with physical and learning disabilities.