Idlewells Shopping Centre

Local taxi firm steps up for Alan


Ashfield-based taxi firm, 6Five2's, has responded to a public request for transport help for Sutton's super-fundraiser, Alan Hupton, offering free taxi rides when the weather makes it difficult for him to travel to and from his voluntary collection work.

The idea to help Alan with transport arose from a member of the public posting on Facebook that; "Someone should help Alan get up the steep hills on his way to work - I often see him pushing himself up backwards, and wish I could do something." This comment prompted much support and the Idlewells team to discuss it with Alan, who explained that he wanted to be independent for as long as possible - but that in bad weather, the help would be nice!

Manager of Idlewells, Chloe O'Donnell, posted the request for help and was delighted with the response. "There were so many positive comments and shares - and even individuals offering to drive Alan whenever needed, for which he is very grateful."

"Alan has opted to take up the kind offer of popular local taxi service - 652's when bosses Michael and Denise, got in touch via our Facebook post." Continued Chloe. "This kind of community support is wonderful to see, Alan does - and has done - so much for charities of all descriptions, it's so nice to see him on the receiving end of a little goodwill himself."

Alan is currently collecting on behalf of One Great Day, the national shopping centres' charity raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and children's charities. Alan was keen to offer his services for this charity, to thank Idlewells for all its support for him and his fundraising efforts over the years.  Alan has been collecting in Idlewells daily for many years and since 1971, and from the age of around 18 years old, he has raised an estimated total of £225,000.00 for a number of charities close to his heart.


Pictured: Alan with the Idlewells and SpecSavers teams, following a presentation in recognition of his years of charity work, 2018.