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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:49 pm 
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Annual Taxi Outing postponed until next year

https://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/ ... next-year/

74th Annual Edinburgh Taxi Outing for children with special needs

The organisers of the annual taxi outing have taken the decision today to cancel this year’s outing. They have written to us to explain their reasons:

It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel this year’s Outing scheduled for Tuesday 9th June.

We had hoped to delay making a decision for as long as possible in the hope that current circumstances might improve, but this doesn’t look likely, hence our decision to cancel.

We took this decision based on a number of factors.

    1. The closure of the schools means that it would be almost impossible to contact the families who would take part in the Outing, as we rely on the fantastic school staff who hand out our application forms and then chase up and return all the completed forms to us.

    2. We are wholly dependant on owners and drivers giving us their taxis for the day. Current circumstances mean that taxis are suffering serious financial losses and this doesn’t look likely to improve in the foreseeable future. Now many drivers would still give up their time to make sure that no child missed out, but we feel that this is just too much to ask of them whilst they struggle to earn a living.

    3. We also need the services of many volunteers, especially at Archerfield and again, we don’t know how many would be available on the day.

    4. We receive amazing support from many, many businesses which make it possible for the Outing to go ahead. We felt that it wouldn’t be fair to these businesses, many of whom may be fighting just to stay open themselves.

It goes without saying that having to cancel an event that’s been happening annually since 1947 is not something we wanted to do, but it is the only sensible and responsible course of action open to us.

Finally we would like to thank the public who have supported us over the years and especially all the new supporters we gained after last year’s ‘incident’ and we would ask them to kindly store that support and enthusiasm for 12 months and we look forward to seeing everyone on the 74th Outing next year on Tuesday 8th June 2021.


Annual Glasgow Taxi outing to Troon called off due to coronavirus

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/annual-gl ... ronavirus/

An annual trip to the seaside for hundreds of children has been called off due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The much-loved Glasgow Taxi Outing Fund trip to Troon was due to take place in June, with children taken for an unforgettable day out in a convoy of decorated taxis.

The 2020 trip would have been a landmark 75th annual outing, but will not be going ahead to ensure the health and wellbeing of the drivers and families.

The organisation’s treasurer Stephen Lalley said: “The extraordinary circumstances and challenges we all face today and in the months ahead mean that this was the only possible decision we could reach at this time.

“The trip has always been about the children including some of the most vulnerable young people in our great city and their health and wellbeing was foremost in our minds in reaching this decision.”

The organisation confirmed that they would not be rescheduling the trip for later this year, instead holding their 75th outing in June 2021.

Mr Lalley added: “The Glasgow Taxi Outing Fund committee would like to thank everyone who worked so hard in the early preparations for this year’s trip. We wish everyone connected with the trip – from Glasgow to Troon and across the country – the very best of health in the days ahead.

“Finally, to our many friends across the emergency and health services, we thank you for everything you are doing to support people in our communities right now and stand beside you as that continues.”

Some of those due to be involved shared their disappointment on Facebook, but said they backed the decision due to the circumstances.

Susan Blue wrote: “I’m heartbroken for you all. I know all the hard work that the organisers and the wonderful taxi drivers put in. My son lived for the taxi outing! Make next year extra special.”

Lynne Jack said: “We will miss you guys. Take care and see you in 2021.”


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:51 pm 
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Edinburgh organisers wrote:
Finally we would like to thank the public who have supported us over the years and especially all the new supporters we gained after last year’s ‘incident’...

That was the incident when the PHD was squirted by a water pistol and kicked up a bit of a fuss :oops:


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I think with all these cancellations, and bugger me there has been plenty of them, we all need to remember there is always next year.

If anything comes out of our current mess it should be that we should never take anything for granted again, as you really don't know what could be just around the corner.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:23 pm 
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Sussex wrote:
I think with all these cancellations, and bugger me there has been plenty of them, we all need to remember there is always next year.

If anything comes out of our current mess it should be that we should never take anything for granted again, as you really don't know what could be just around the corner.


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