Northamptonshire taxi drivers give nearly 300 people free lifts to get their coronavirus vaccination

'We really have been overwhelmed by the response, it’s been truly fantastic'

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 10:51 am
Updated Thursday, 8th April 2021, 10:52 am

Nearly 300 people have been given a free lift to get their coronavirus vaccination courtesy of two generous Northamptonshire taxi drivers.

Nick Metaxas, of Holcot Cars, and Freddie Fudge, of Flat Cap Cabs in Brixworth, started the offer at the beginning of February to help with the jab roll-out.

“We really have been overwhelmed by the response, it’s been truly fantastic," Nick said.

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Nick Metaxas of Holcot Cars with Iris Rogers, 94, of Northampton, on her way to get her coronavirus vaccination for free

"The Chronicle & Echo's coverage helped to spread the word to those who don’t use social media and we’re very grateful.

"What’s made it extra special has been the help from the vaccination centres, who have bent over backwards to assist with the logistics of taking people from 35 different surgeries to 17 different locations, often booked at the same booked time.

"I think of it as us all being little cogs in a really, really big machine that’s pulling in one direction to help the NHS and open the country back up.

"And, as Freddie so brilliantly puts it, teamwork makes the dream work.”

Nick Metaxas (far left), of Holcot Cars, and Freddie Fudge (far right), of Flat Cap Cabs, with three first responders at the mass vaccination centre at Moulton Park, Northampton

Nick and Freddie are long-time partners despite the potential rivalry with the former usually doing airport lifts and the latter focusing on local journeys.

But with very few flights and no foreign holidays during the pandemic, there has been a decline in work for Nick so he is pleased to have found something worthwhile to do.

To mark their 500th Covid-19 vaccine journey, the patient will be offered a free airport run to be used by themselves or transferred to someone else.

To book a free taxi, visit holcotcars.com or call Nick on 07801 030400 or call Freddie on 07850 450159 or visit facebook.com/flatcapcabs.