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A 72 YEAR OLD hackney carriage driver is to receive the British Empire Medal from the Queen after 30 years of helping vulnerable and underprivileged children.

Micheal Son, who qualified as a London taxi driver in 1965, said he thought it “was a joke” when he was told about the award.

Mr Son is a committee member of The London Taxi Drivers Fund for Underprivileged Children charity and has helped to raise thousands of pounds to help socially deprived children and those with mental or physical disabilities.

The charity was founded in 1928 and raises money to provide social activities, days out and funding for projects for disadvantaged children in London.

Mr Son added: “I’m absolutely chuffed and honoured. It was something I was totally unaware of and I am very grateful.

This award represents all the work that everyone has done and I am over the moon to be recognised and excited to receive it.

“We take underprivileged children to the seaside every year and try to give them a magical day out. And we couldn’t do any of this without the support of our wives, partners and the taxi drivers of London.”

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