DAC’S DAVID LESSMAN TAKES OVER AS LTFUC CHAIRMAN
Having completed his three-year term of office as
Chairman of The London Taxidrivers' Fund for Underprivileged
Children, DaC Board member, Michael Son, stood down at
the charity’s AGM in November. Nominations for Chairman were
called and the Dial-a-Cab driver with this Society’s most famous
call sign, David Lessman (D19), was elected unopposed.
David is no stranger to the LTFUC Committee as he was Michael's predecessor and prior to that term as Chairman, was their Treasurer for ten years.
David, who currently edits the Fund’s newsletter and has been a trustee of the Charity since 1985, told Callsign: "I’m flattered to have been asked to serve a second term in the Chair - a first in the 76 year history of the LTFUC - and look forward to a further three years of doing my best for the Fund. I’d also like to thank Mike Son on behalf of fellow trustees, drivers and children for his efforts during his time as Chairman."
The Fund first came into being in 1928 in the cramped cab shelter situated next to the loos in Leicester Square at a time when
you could still drive from Piccadilly Circus through to
Mike Son gets ready to hand over his LTFUC Chairman badge to David Lessman
Street. That shelter was later moved to Russell Square.
The man credited with the founding of the LTFUC was a London taxi driver, Mick Cohen, himself a former orphan from the Norwood Orphanage. His first organised children’s outing involved 12 fellow cabbies who ferried some Norwood children and their teachers on a ride around London before ending up at London Zoo where they had tea. This was to be the first outing of thousands and since those early days, many cab drivers have given both their time and money in helping the Fund reach the successful status that it now enjoys.
However, there is an astonishing link between the
Fund and Dial-a-Cab. Among the ODRTS / DaC
subscribers who have reached the position of Chairman are Sam
Harris (ex-D95J), the late Jack Taylor (D19 - the call sign
taken over by David Lessman), Bill Tyzack (C6), Gerry Dunn
(S84), Mike Son and of course David Lessman (D19) himself.
A large number of our drivers have been – and still are – on the
Mike Son told Call Sign that he was proud to have been the Fund’s Chairman during its 75th anniversary celebrations and concluded by telling us: "Yes, I'm proud of our DaC link, but the LTFUC is a trade charity and that is how it will always be."
To David Lessman, we offer our congratulations…
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