Taxi drivers organise charity drive to help Sheffield’s hungriest

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Sheffield taxi drivers are set to help out some of the city’s hungriest by offering foodbank users a trip to the seaside and a free meal. 
Members of the Sheffield Taxi Drivers Community have organised a visit to Cleethorpes for the people dependent on the S2 Food Bank.

They are calling on members of the public to donate money for the trip, as well as buckets and spades for the day.

The event has been organised by City Taxi driver, Lee Ward, who wanted to help the Sheffield Muslim Community Forum, run by taxi driver Sohail Mumtaz, in their support of the food bank.

“The charity helps with food and clothes, things, but nothing aimed at putting a smile on their face”, said Mr Ward.

He continued: “It’s nice to have a day out and have some fun. That’s why I thought of this idea.”

On Sunday, August 16 at 9.30am taxi drivers will leave St Swithuns Church on Cary Road to drive staff and food bank visitors to Cleethorpes at no cost to themselves.

The trip will be fully funded by the drivers and those who donate, including fish and chips for lunch.

Mr Mumtaz said: “Seeing people in this day and age needing to use food banks is appalling.”

He said that 16 drivers had signed up so far, providing space for 70 passengers, mainly families, and that he expected more drivers to sign up.

So far, £200 has been raised, half of the target amount.

Donations can be made here