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Special needs kids treated to special day by West Lothian taxi drivers West Lothian taxi drivers thrilled dozens of children by treating them to a very special day out.

Taxis from across the county were decked out in all manner of vivid paraphernalia for the event. The West Lothian Special Needs Children's Taxi outing saw cabbies and their vehicles adorning all manner of costume and decoration. The cabbies and the children were getting passers-by joining in with the fun by soaking them with waterbombs, and super-soakers.

30 taxis set off from Scottish Premier League side, Livingston FC's ground, the Tony Macaroni Arena, and made their way through Bathgate and Whitburn, as

well as other parts of the district, before heading back to the football ground. The prize for the best costume of the day ended up going to a driver called Jamie for The Dark Knight, whilst the award for the best decorated taxi went to Stuart Legget for Buzz Lightyear's rocket.

LTCFC donate 180 new high visibility vests to East London Primary School On Thursday 9 May, committee members Colin Greaves, Malcolm Shaffron and John Godfrey from the London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children (LTCFC) visited Gainsborough Primary School to deliver 180 brand new high visibility vests, which were purchased by the charity for the school. The vests will ensure that the children and teachers are visible and safe when they are out on a day trip with the school. Their existing vests were very old but budget commitments meant they didn’t have the funds to replace them. This meant some year groups had to go out without wearing a high visibility vest if it was a whole school outing. Gainsborough Primary School in West Ham is a two form, inner city, inclusive school. They were shortlisted for a National Autism Award – a real acknowledgement of the excellent work that happens at Gainsborough, to support their 14 resourced provision places for children diagnosed with severe autistic spectrum disorder, along with other children within the school with ASD. Julie Carver, Lead teacher at Gainsborough Primary School said: “Children’s safety is the utmost importance, and is the highest priority when teachers and parents escort large groups of excited children on an excursion.

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