Big-hearted Nottingham hackney taxi drivers are donating £2,750 to the children’s ward at the city’s Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) tomorrow (Wednesday 20 December).
More than 500 licensed hackney carriage drivers – who are represented in a branch of Unite, the country’s largest union – have come together for the first time to donate money to the hospital’s Big Appeal for highly specialised diagnostic equipment that accurately identifies illness and disease at an earlier stage.
Unite branch secretary Kaleem Ashraf said: "Our drivers are local people and we are proud to serve our city. This time of year is about giving, doing our bit and showing that Nottingham is together. It’s a new initiative from the branch.
“Hackney cabs are a vital part of the city’s economy both day and night - keeping the city moving 24/7. Now Nottingham's hackney carriage drivers in association with Unite have decided they would like to give a little back to their local community.
“The cabbies are committed to making further contributions to other local charities in the future, while working closely in conjunction with the city council, as to the best way to direct any fund raising.”
Unite branch chairman Basheer Latif: "We all love Nottingham, and we all want what’s best for this city.
“Nottingham remains an inclusive place where all types of people and businesses can continue to prosper in the years to come. It is always nice to put something back and especially at this special time of year.
“Not everyone will be fortunate enough to spend time at home with their family and this is just something we wanted to do to make life a little easier for others."
Nottingham currently has 411 hackney cabs and over 500 drivers in the city. The cheque will be presented at the QMC tomorrow at 14:30.
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- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.