Being a successful bookkeeping & accountancy firm since 1997 puts Oscar Fairchild in a position to give something back – and as Managing Director Kim Redwood-Lee explains, that has driven them to support the Taxi Driver of the Year Charity Fund.
Backing the Taxi Driver of the Year Charity Fund
Oscar Fairchild have been black taxi accountants for more than two decades, with a team of dedicated accountants and bookkeepers specialising in the tax affairs of Licensed London Black Taxi Drivers and their families.
So it made perfect sense to go the extra mile and start supporting those less fortunate within the taxi driving community when the firm was looking for a charity to back.
For over two years now they have been helping the Taxi Driver of the Year Charity Fund, which itself supports five Licensed Taxi Charities:
- Albany Taxi Charity – a fund for children with special needs
- East London Cabbies Outing – giving East London’s disadvantaged and disabled children and their carers a day out they’ll never forget
- Southend Fund for Underprivileged Children – providing outings, toys, medical equipment and other facilities for physically and mentally handicapped children
- Taxi Charity for Military Veterans – helping veterans by providing entertainment, outings and specialised equipment
- The London Taxidrivers’ Fund for Underprivileged Children – running annual outings for special needs and disadvantaged children, and funding for children in need of help
Helping taxi charities since 1972
The Taxi Driver of the Year Charity Fund was started in 1972 by a group of Taxi drivers after one of their friends, Joe Polsky, passed away.
“Over the years we have seen the licence cab trade alter, but one thing we have not changed is the tremendous work the licensed taxi charities do for those less fortunate than ourselves,” said Russell Poluck MBE, TDYCF’s Hon Chairman.
“The more money collected the more we can hand over to the taxi charities that we support and who have always supported us at our annual dinner dance event.”
When Billericay-based Redwood Clarke joined forces with London accountancy firm Oscar Fairchild in September 2016, the business had a lot of Licensed London Black Taxi Drivers as clients.
“When they’d pay us for managing their self-assessment returns in cash, we’d put any overpayments in a separate account, and soon we had saved a sum that sent us looking on social media for a taxi charity to get involved with and support,” said Managing Director Kim Redwood-Lee.
“Barbara Poluck got in touch from the Taxi Driver of the Year Charity Fund, and we liked everything they did and talked about when we met up. They are such nice people, and they work really hard to support people just like them from the taxi industry.”
Taxi Driver of the Year Charity Fund enjoying Oscar Fairchild support
Barbara Poluck is extremely glad she made the decision to reach out to Kim two years ago: “When we saw that Oscar Fairchild was looking to help a charity we decided to try our luck and let her know all about our charity,” she said.
“We were so lucky that they chose us. The support Oscar Fairchild gives us is very important, all helping those less fortunate than ourselves.
“At the end of each tax year they make a donation to our charity. The last four years TDYCF have held a golf day, and to help us raise more money we ask people to sponsor a hole, which once again Oscar Fairchild have supported.
“Every year we hold a charity dinner dance, and Oscar Fairchild supported us by having two tables and donating raffle prizes – and of course by being there and supporting us.”
Looking to do more in the future
Oscar Fairchild now put aside £1 for every self-assessment return they submit for their clients, all earmarked for the Fund. And in addition to everything they do already, they’re already brainstorming ways of getting more involved – and getting others to join them.
Kim Redwood-Lee is keen to broaden Oscar Fairchild’s support for the Fund: “We’re trying to get as many of our taxi driver clients involved as possible. And I’d encourage any of our business clients to join us and support the Fund in their general fundraising activities.”
Taxi Driver of the Year Charity Fund in 2019
This year’s big event for the Taxi Driver of the Year Charity Fund is on November 30, with their annual dinner and dance. But before that, they have their golf day on June 6.
“All the money we raise over the year, at the golf day in June, bucket collections, tombola, raffle auction at our Dinner Dance – it’s all donated to the five charities within the Licenced Taxi Trade that we support,” explains Barbara.
“If anyone would like to donate to us they can always go on to our website or get in touch with us direct.”
For more information on the Taxi Driver of the Year Charity Fund and to contact them about their events or making a donation, visit www.taxifund.co.uk.
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Oscar Fairchild (incorporating Redwood Clarke since 01.09.18) is an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualified accountancy & bookkeeping practice with offices in The City of London and Billericay, Essex. Offering a wide range of services including Self-Assessment Services, Annual Returns, VAT Returns, Credit Control, Payroll, Auto Enrolment Pension and Management Account services to high growth businesses across London, Essex and Hertfordshire.