For The Love of George and Sylvie


75 Years of Love : A wonderful World War 2 Story 

George & Sylvie Parsons 



The London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled, also known as the Taxi Charity, was presented with the news that they had won a National Lottery Award on Friday 26th August, after the British public voted them UK’s Best Voluntary/ Charity project.   Taxi Charity veterans, committee members and volunteer drivers attended a heart-warming 1940’s summer tea dance at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, where broadcaster and Strictly star, Katie Derham appeared to present the award news. The charity beat off stiff competition from over 600 organisations to reach the public voting stage in the annual awards to find the UK’s favourite lottery-funded projects.  It received a funding boost from the National Lottery for last year’s trip to The Netherlands to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Dutch liberation.


George and Sylvie on their wedding day


George and Sylvie on their 70th Anniversary in 2011

Some heart-warming and engaging personal stories emerged from the event.  In particular that of George and Sylvie Parsons, both 97 years young  – (George is also a Reverend) – who will be celebrating 75 years of marriage this October.  They are both War veterans – George took part in D-Day (Normandy Landings) and Sylvie was a Land Girl. George and Sylvie met on a blind date just over 75 years ago and their love still remains strong.

Theirs is a love that has lasted through time.  They now live within sheltered housing at a school in Croydon and have many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. George is thrilled to be living within a school’s grounds as he says it keeps him and Sylvie connected with young people.  George, still sprightly at 97, was delighted to mention that he has a Facebook page.

The London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled will celebrate their recognition as the nation’s Best Voluntary/Charity project by picking up their coveted National Lottery Award on BBC 1,  Monday 12 September 2016, in front of a star-studded audience.

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Article by :

Fykaa Caan : Current Affairs and Lifestyle Editor Hollywood London Magazine. 

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