GENEROUS Glaswegians have raised thousands of pounds in just a few days to allow NHS workers to travel in taxis for free to and from city hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak.

So far, around 100 indivudal donations to the Glasgow NHS Taxi Fund has ammounted to £3000 - with 17 essential staff benefiting from the scheme already. 

The organisers of the fund, working in partnership with Glasgow Taxis Ltd, issued an update today to confirm the fund was now being used and to encourage people to keep donating.

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The Glasgow NHS Taxi Fund organisers said: “What a response it has been which says everything about the kindness of those who have donated, when they will no doubt have worries of their own.

“As of Wednesday noon, the fund has helped provide 17 free journeys to frontline NHS staff in Glasgow and we only see that demand growing in the weeks ahead. So please keep sharing and encouraging donations and we’ll make sure your money continues to be used exactly as intended.” 

The fund is endorsed by Glasgow Taxis Ltd, who will use donations to deliver all journeys at their highest discounted rate.

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Many drivers had already provided some journeys to NHS staff for no fee, ultimately incurring a loss due to petrol costs.

Glasgow Taxis chairman Dougie McPherson said: "We are proud of everyone involved in this dynamic gesture and pleased that we have already been able to help NHS staff. Thank you.”

The fund is designed to support NHS staff travelling to and from a Glasgow hospital. They are asked to use the code NHSTaxi when booking via 0141 429 7070 and to show their NHS ID to drivers at the start of each journey.

To those who can afford to and wish to donate visit here.