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Woburn Safari Park
 
On Tuesday 25th May 2010 the LTFUC took 280 'special needs' and disadvantaged children on an outing to Woburn Safari Park and I must start by extending the Committee's grateful thanks to all the wonderful drivers, and their helpers, who enabled the children to experience a brilliant day they will cherish forever.  Thankfully the mini heat wave ended the day before and the weather was perfect, being much cooler, yet still dry and sunny.  The children receiving this special treat came from the Carlton Primary School in Kentish Town and we must thank the staff there for the most welcome refreshments provided in the morning.
 
A buzz of excitement filled the air when the children arrived, as for many it was their first ride in a black taxi, let alone the treat of going On Safari.  Once they had been allocated to their taxis, the convoy finally departed and we were glad to be accompanied by Sgt. Peter Morrell and his team of the Metropolitan Police (Safer Transport Command) and the City of London Police, Sgt. Jack Warner and PC Steve Adams.  We were later joined by Chief Inspector Anspin and Inspector Bonner, both of the Bedfordshire Police and we are deeply grateful to them all for ensuring the convoy reached our destinations safely.
 
 
As soon as we arrived at Woburn, half of the convoy headed straight for the Road Safari, whilst the others went straight into the Safari Lodge Restaurant to enjoy a great lunch.  At 1pm it was then the turn of the Road Safari Group to go for lunch, whilst the children who had eaten were taken on the Road Safari, which worked very well.  The rest of the afternoon was left for everyone to sample what was on offer; the great Foot Safari, where the children get closer to the smaller animals, the Swan pedal boats, the Great Woburn Railway, the Avery and the Mammoth Play Ark for indoor fun.  Some chose to go back round the Road Safari again, as it was possible to go round as many times as you wanted to see the animals.
 
 
At 4.30pm it was time for tea and as the weather was so nice, we were all able to sit outside on the steps of the Amphitheatre where everyone received a goody bag.  After tea we were then treated to a breathtaking bird display before the convoy, carrying some very tired and weary children, left for home.
 
 
T H A N K    Y O U
 
We must extend sincere thanks to our main Sponsors, Bartle Bogle Hegarty Ltd (BBH) and Lovells, LTDA, Martin Cordell & Co, Dial-a-Cab, Quotax, Radio Taxis and Michelin for their contribution in making this wonderful day possible.  We also thank the anonymous donor who kindly enabled the drivers to receive free diesel vouchers.  We are grateful to the RAC and St. John's Ambulance for joining us and also to London Communications for their help.  We appreciate the coverage that the press and media gave us and, in particular, Hannah Pettifer of ITV Anglia who joined us on the outing and quickly rushed back to make sure we featured in their evening news.
 
We are deeply grateful to Woburn Safari Park for their help and hospitality and Alastair Crawford and all the staff in the Safari Lodge Restaurant.  Going to Woburn Safari park this year was extra special, as this May saw them celebrating their 40th anniversary and we send hearty congratulations and thank them for their continued support.
 
We were a little upset at the very low number of taxi drivers who joined us on the day, but over the very many years that the Fund has taken many thousands of children to a variety of destinations, there have been instances of plans going awry.  We pride ourselves on the fact that whatever problem arises it is not insurmountable and, on this occasion, the ingenuity of the committee and the kind assistance of others, combined to ensure a fantastic day was enjoyed by all.
 
We are most grateful to the drivers who did come, for not only giving up a day's work, but putting themselves out to ensure the children had a fantastic day.  Here I must thank Martyn Oakley, a Chelmsford licenced taxi driver, who travelled from Chelmsford to join us.  Without the drivers and helpers the day would not be possible and the committee are deeply grateful to the following drivers listed below :
 

SID ADATTIA

EDWARD ANGEL

KEN BAINBRIDGE

ROB BUTCHER

LEE CHAPMAN

PETER CLARK

JAYNE COLE

MARK COOPER

ROBIN DAS

PETER DIONNE

ELIZABETH ELLIS

NEIL FINESILVER

PAT FOY

ROB FRAMPTON

CHARLES GERALD

LENNIE HARRINGTON

SIMON HAWES

ANTON HAYNES

RICHARD JORDAN

MICKEY KINGHAM

SPENCER KURASH

GRAHAM LEONARD

JULIAN LILLINGTON

GORDON LOUCH

STEWART MURRAY

MARTYN OAKLEY

DARREN PARR

STEVE PULHAM

PAUL QUEROS

SOL SAUL

DAVID SMITH

IVAN SOBELL

BOB STAPLETON

MARK TERRY

ZAC TILLMAN

SALVATORI TULAPIA

RICHARD WALSHE

JON WHITTICK

LEE WOOD

JIMMY WORLEY

ALAN YUCHATEL

 

 

 

 
We also thank Ford's Welfare Department at Dagenham for the loan of their mini bus, Bob Collins for driving it and Dave at Davian Coaches, Enfield, for his help and kindness.
 
What a brilliant, superb and magnificent day and we now look forward to our legendary outing to Southend-on-Sea on Tuesday 13th July 2010.
 
Raymond Levy
Press Officer
 
(Further images taken on the day can be seen in the Photo Gallery)