Taxi driver transform cab into Santa’s grotto to raise money for Poole Hospital

Bournemouth Echo: GOOD CAUSE: Staff from the children’s unit at Poole Hospital with  Paul Owen GOOD CAUSE: Staff from the children’s unit at Poole Hospital with Paul Owen

A KIND-hearted taxi driver has donned a Father Christmas suit and decorated his car brightly to raise money for Poole Hospital.

Paul Owen, who works for Poole Radio Cabs, wants to make as much money as possible for Gully’s Place, which supports the palliative care unit for children and young people.

Filled with fairy lights, tinsel, baubles and even a real mini Christmas tree, festive tunes such as Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas and Michael Buble play in the cab as customers are taken to their destination.

Mr Owen has already raised more than £460 for the good cause, with donations coming in from his colleagues including Adrian Power, whose wife, Sue, works on the children’s ward.

Paul said: “I often take children with disabilities and special needs in the car, and I thought this would be nice for them to see.

He added: “When I told my colleagues about this, they decided to sponsor me, and said that I had to wear the Father Christmas outfit until January 1, 2014.

“It brings a smile to people’s faces and customers don’t know that it could be Father Christmas picking them up for their journey.”

Helen Parker, senior sister of the children’s unit at Poole Hospital, said: “I think it’s absolutely amazing that Paul has taken the time and effort to decorate his taxi and raise money for the charity. It is raising awareness of what we do.”

Raffle tickets for a prize draw to raise more money for Gully’s Place are available from The Brewhouse, on Poole High Street.

For more information on Gully’s Place Trust, contact the Poole Hospital Charity fundraising team on 01202 448449, email fundraising@ poole.nhs.uk or by post to Fundraising Office, Poole Hospital, Longfleet Road, Poole, BH15 2JB.

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4:23pm Tue 24 Dec 13

mikeymagic says...

Transform(s)...come on!
Transform(s)...come on! mikeymagic
  • Score: 4

6:25pm Tue 24 Dec 13

poolepaul says...

It's called proof reading. Perhaps someone at the Ohec would like to do it once in a while. Laziest "journalists" going.
It's called proof reading. Perhaps someone at the Ohec would like to do it once in a while. Laziest "journalists" going. poolepaul
  • Score: 2

10:30pm Tue 24 Dec 13

utciad says...

So, we have a real caring person, doing something special to raise funds for something this lazy government should be paying for, and all you lot can do is moan about the Echo's headline???

Christmas spirit?? None on here, 'Joy to all men' not with this log of 'Bah humbugs'!! Typical whiners and wingers.....no praise for the poor taxi driver doing the REAL work then...

Well done to the taxi drivers, and a Merry Christmas to them all...
So, we have a real caring person, doing something special to raise funds for something this lazy government should be paying for, and all you lot can do is moan about the Echo's headline??? Christmas spirit?? None on here, 'Joy to all men' not with this log of 'Bah humbugs'!! Typical whiners and wingers.....no praise for the poor taxi driver doing the REAL work then... Well done to the taxi drivers, and a Merry Christmas to them all... utciad
  • Score: 3

7:09am Wed 25 Dec 13

N Smith says...

With all the complaints they get about the standard of their foreign drivers I guess this a just a PR stunt for Poole Radio Cabs maybe this is why they feel their drivers can do anything they like .Like going down one ways the wrong way texting Whilist driving ect ect
With all the complaints they get about the standard of their foreign drivers I guess this a just a PR stunt for Poole Radio Cabs maybe this is why they feel their drivers can do anything they like .Like going down one ways the wrong way texting Whilist driving ect ect N Smith
  • Score: 2

6:02pm Fri 27 Dec 13

mikeymagic says...

N Smith wrote:
With all the complaints they get about the standard of their foreign drivers I guess this a just a PR stunt for Poole Radio Cabs maybe this is why they feel their drivers can do anything they like .Like going down one ways the wrong way texting Whilist driving ect ect
Having been in a few cabs which have scared the life out of me I have to agree with your comments. One guy went across a cross roads with 4 way lights only to go the wrong side of the island the other side into oncoming traffic. Poole council really need to toughen up the testing!
[quote][p][bold]N Smith[/bold] wrote: With all the complaints they get about the standard of their foreign drivers I guess this a just a PR stunt for Poole Radio Cabs maybe this is why they feel their drivers can do anything they like .Like going down one ways the wrong way texting Whilist driving ect ect[/p][/quote]Having been in a few cabs which have scared the life out of me I have to agree with your comments. One guy went across a cross roads with 4 way lights only to go the wrong side of the island the other side into oncoming traffic. Poole council really need to toughen up the testing! mikeymagic
  • Score: -2

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