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WORKING TOGETHER: Members of the Cardiff Taxi Trade raised over £10k for local foodbanks

WORKING TOGETHER: Members of the Cardiff Taxi Trade raised over £10k for local foodbanks

Image: @UniteWales

Members of the taxi and private hire trade in Cardiff, who, despite seeing their income slashed during the COVID19 pandemic, have raised over £10,000 for local foodbanks in the Cardiff area.

Across the country, the taxi and private hire trade has been largely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Yusef Jama - Unite Wales Taxi Branch Secretary - told us that many drivers were also forced to visit foodbanks to feed their families.

After reading The Trussell Trust report on how the Coronavirus pandemic has increased the use of food banks, with a huge rise in people needing to use a food bank in its network for the first time, members of the trade wanted to give something back to local people suffering from food poverty.

A Unite Wales Taxi Branch spokesperson said: "The rise in numbers of people visiting foodbanks due to the pandemic is incredibly concerning, these are families with children who have also been the hardest hit through this pandemic. These are members of the public who use our service daily, prior to Covid-19, so we decided to help them through the worst of times.

"The trade has now raised over £10,000 to be distributed between various Cardiff foodbanks organisations".

Jenny Rathbone MS was present when members of the trade presented a cheque for £3,000 to the Al-Ikhlas Centre on Broadway on Wednesday 17th February, who have helped with the distribution of food to those that needed it throughout the pandemic.

She stated that it was “Extraordinary generosity indeed.” Al-Ikhlas centre also tweeted “A huge thanks to Cardiff taxi drivers for the generous donation of £3,000 for our foodbank.”

Unite, the Union’s Cardiff Taxi Branch have championed the cause of taxi drivers in the city for a number of years now. They actively campaign for a safer, more sustainable trade for both drivers and members of the public and said "we are incredibly proud of all the drivers in Cardiff who have donated money out of their own pockets despite struggling financially themselves".

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