Kind taxi driver takes elderly woman to vaccine appointment and back for free

Taxi driver Mick Ball offered to take Meg Owin to her appointment for free (Image: LIVERPOOL ECHO)

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A woman was left stunned after a kind taxi driver took her to have her Covid vaccine for free.

Meg Ogwin, from Mossley Hill, arranged for Micks Taxi Liverpool to take her to her coronavirus vaccination appointment yesterday.

The Liverpool Echo reports that the 73-year-old opted for a taxi as she has been shielding from the virus and hasn't driven much recently.

Taxi driver Mick Ball refused to take any money from her after driving her to and from her appointment, but she insisted on giving him enough to cover the cost of his petrol.

She told the Echo: "When we got back home he said 'I don't want the money'.

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She gave him enough to cover the cost of his petrol in return for the kind act
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"I didn't expect that. I understand there are people that are in a position that can't afford to pay for a taxi but I was fully prepared to pay full price.

"I insisted so he said 'just give me a fiver then.'

"I said I want to pay full fare but he would only take £10 – £5 for each way. He refused to take any more so I just did that.

"It made me feel really good that somebody whose work must have dried up would do that. He must be struggling himself.

"He seems like a genuinely nice man. I think he deserves to get some recognition."

Mick, 44, told the Echo he had posted on his Facebook page offering to take elderly people to have their vaccine who may otherwise struggle to get there.

Mick said: "My mum and dad have been shielding since March, they're in their 80s.

Mick has offered to drive elderly people to their vaccine appointments
(Image: Daily Mirror)

"Because I know what that's like that's why I put that post up on my taxi page saying I would take anyone that was vulnerable to get their vaccine.

"There's elderly people that can't manage to do it on their own, especially when they're having to travel across the city and to various places to get it.

"I'm not doing anything else. We rely on weekends – on pub work and school contracts. There's no work especially on hackneys.

"I have a plastic screen up and I disinfect the cab after every passenger, I've been doing that since March. It's to keep myself safe and to keep my passengers safe."