Each year when the Magical Taxi Tour drives down through France a refuelling stop is made at Assevillers Service Station. Elior is a major global Company operating 257 outlets and shops in 70 Service Stations throughout France; each year the Assevillers staff liaise with the trip organisers and Esso to get ready for the arrival of the convoy. Whilst the cabs and support vehicles are refuelled, the children are given an amazing welcome by staff at the service station; they are entertained by all the staff at the services, many of them in costume, and they provide free gifts, face painting, stilt walkers and entertainers as well as food and drink for the children and their families. The children are always reluctant to leave after the one-hour stop off – as are the cab drivers once they discover the home made cake stand which the team at Assevillers also provide!
Because of the time constraints of the trip the Magical Taxi Tour Committee Members do not usually have time to show their appreciation as much as they would like on the day – so this year the annual Charity Award was presented to the Management and Staff of Assevillers Service Station for their unsolicited kindness and generosity shown each year to the children and drivers involved in the Magical Taxi Tour. Kevin Deneux and Mickael Bruder made the journey over to the UK for the annual WCHCD Liverymen’s Dinner and were delighted to receive their Award.