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P&O FERRIES HELPS 170 CHILDREN WITH SERIOUS ILLNESSES CROSS THE CHANNEL TO FRANCE ON THEIR WAY TO DISNEYLAND PARIS
MORE than 170 children with life-threatening illnesses enjoyed a trip to Disneyland Paris via a P&O Ferries ship last week (Friday 6th October).
The children were driven from Canary Wharf in London to Dover in 100 black taxis driven by members of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers. The convoy was seen off in the capital by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, and embarked P&O Ferries' Pride of Burgundy ship to cross the English Channel.
The event - now in its 24th year - is known as the Magical Taxi Tour and involves more than £100,000 of funds raised by the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers over the course of an entire year being used to give the children a special day out at Disneyland Paris.
Jacqueline Burns, Corporate Communications Officer at P&O Ferries, said: "We have been supporting the Magical Taxi Tour for 24 years and try to give every one of these children and the carers accompanying them a crossing to remember. Our captain and his crew set-up a photo booth, which proved extremely popular, where the children could have their picture taken wearing either a captain's hat or a pirate's hat and cuddling a P&O Ferries' teddy bear."
The children were chosen by the doctors and nurses at hospitals including Great Ormond Street, the Royal Marsden and Chase Farm. Their trip to Disneyland Paris included two nights of hotel accommodation and special 'queue jumper' tickets, provided because some of the children were too unwell to queue for the rides and attractions. They returned to England on P&O Ferries' Spirit of Britain ship on Sunday afternoon.
Alec Robertson, a driver participating in the Magical Taxi Tour for the ninth consecutive year, said: "P&O Ferries were absolutely brilliant. We have used them every year for 24 years and they look after us so well. The crew are very friendly and great with the children."
In addition to working with the seriously ill children on the Magical Taxi Tour, P&O Ferries' stakeholder project offers visits to schools, colleges and businesses within the local community. This is a totally free initiative. The visit is tailored to school requirements and their current projects. It can be a talk, with learning materials and other artefacts, judging a competition or providing an insight into the world of ferries and logistics.
Left to right: back row - Captain Nick Jones, Food & Beverage Manager Sean Smith and Alec Robertson; front row - brothers Henry and Sam Maceachen.
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