Christine Bell and Boro Taxis driver Zafran Ali in foreground with Susan Gill from Neighbourhood Welfare and Santa (Terry Lawton)

Boro Taxis is helping some of Middlesbrough’s most disadvantaged after giving its support to the not-for-profit organisation, Neighbourhood Welfare.

The firm’s staff have been collecting donations for the charitable endeavour, which works to improve communities in Middlesbrough and make them safer. It works in conjunction with the job centre, police, community groups, church groups and the general public to assist Teessiders living in poverty and struggling to make ends meet.

The taxi firm dropped off the donations, which will be prizes for a free raffle at Neighbourhood Welfare’s volunteer-run breakfast club at the Linthorpe Road Methodist Church and Resource Centre in Middlesbrough to ensure that the programme can continue to deliver assistance throughout 2017. Boro Taxis also provided delicious cupcakes to thank the charity’s team of volunteers for their hard work.

Susan Gill, Chief Executive of Neighbourhood Welfare, has hopes that the organisation will be able to open a permanent cafe in 2017. She said: “It’s fantastic to have the support of Boro Taxis. Over the next 12 months we hope to establish a permanent café, which will have a double-pronged approach to supporting the community by providing volunteering and training opportunities to unemployed people from the Job Centre whilst also acting as an important service for our service users.

“We already have some fantastic volunteers who were referred from the Job Centre; support of Khushi Restaurant Cumberland Road; who provide us with lots of food for packed lunches that we make up; Gold Factors, who provide the eggs; and Boro Taxis, but to ensure our long-term success we need the backing of as many local businesses and people as possible.”

Christine Bell, Director at Boro Taxis, said: “Neighbourhood Welfare does amazing work supporting people living in Middlesbrough who are struggling to make ends meet and Boro Taxis is proud to be able to support its work. We will be continuing our support for this fantastic cause throughout 2017.”

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Notes to Editors:

Boro Taxis was founded by Mohammed Bashir in 1982 with three cars.

Today the company has a fleet of more than 800 vehicles, provides employment for almost 900people in Tees Valley and handles more than 80,000 calls per week .All of Boro Taxis’ private hire drivers are licensed with the relevant Licensing Authorities undergo National Vocational Qualification 2 training in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving. 

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Christine Bell and Boro Taxis driver Zafran Ali in foreground with Susan Gill from Neighbourhood Welfare and Santa (Terry Lawton)
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