WW2 veterans across the UK often go on trips to catch up with comrades. They go to concerts, fundraising events, as well as commemoration ceremonies held in Holland, Belgium, and France. To do so they receive help from The Taxi Charity For Military Veterans.
One commemoration ceremony, which has been held every year since 1945 is the Liberation of Arnhem in the Netherlands. From September 17th– 26th, the people of Arnhem commemorate the allied Polish and British soldiers on the first Friday of this period, who fell during the Battle of Arnhem. Together, they meet at the foot of John Frost Bridge.
In 2015, 120 veterans wanted to travel from London to the Netherlands, for the 70th commemoration ceremony. They also needed travel insurance to attend, which Free Spirit was happy to provide.
The problem was, it would be a challenge to provide the WW2 veterans with a “one size fits all” standard policy. This was because 100 of the veterans were over 90 (one is 97) and each had varying medical conditions.
Therefore, Mary Holt stepped outside of the usual medical screening ‘box’ to provide the Taxi Charity with a tailor-made policy. The policy included blanket cover for the medical risks of the travelling group, from London to Arnhem and back again.
Taking an innovative approach to travel insurance, ensured all the veteran’s committee members, carers, drivers, medical support team members, and guests, were each delighted to attend the historical observance.
Learn more about the Taxi Charity here.
View some of the photos from the veteran’s trip to the Netherlands here.
Mary Holt, Free Spirit Manager explained: “It would have been an impossible task to medically screen each person. Providing insurance wasn’t just about ages and medical risks. It was about giving the veterans the peace of mind, that should something happen to them on their trip, they would be covered.”
In 2017, Free Spirit provided specialist cover for the charity’s trip to Normandy again. This time, 306 veterans’ committee members, carers, drivers, medical support team members, and guests attended a remembrance service, which was held at the Pegasus Bridge Museum. The trip also included visits to Bayeux and the beach at Arromanches. Mary Holt also joined them.
Post lockdown, in 2022, the charity continues to organise trips to northwest Europe with Free Spirit’s Specialist Travel Insurance for Veterans. Below is a recent Trustpilot review from one of the organisers.
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