THIS WEEK’S STRANGER:
Vincent, an Addison Lee taxi driver
The story behind the stranger: myself and some colleagues at work donated to Wrap Up London this year, bringing in old or unwanted winter coats to be given out to the homeless, refugees and women and children fleeing domestic abuse. I took several bags, full of coats, to one of the SafeStore locations in London and Vincent was my taxi driver. He was chatty and friendly and helped me unload all the coats into the building, and took a photo of me while I was there. He was more than happy to feature as one of the strangers on my blog and said he would go home that evening and proudly tell his family.
I set up #smilewithastranger in order to celebrate brilliant people doing brilliant things and to champion those that go unnoticed. I take photos with people I meet, ask their name and job title (if relevant) and then post the selfies on my Instagram account.