A little bit about Daft as a Brush Cancer Care Trust
(A brief resume of the Trusts short History, objects and Future Plans.)
The original charitable trust was set up and established in 1989 by Brian Burnie to formalise this philanthropic work and also in readiness for the then planned Worlds Largest Children’s Party held in the Exhibition Park/Town Moor in aid of the Freeman Hospital Children’s Heart Unit Newcastle upon Tyne.
The financial funding for the charitable trusts work was to be provided from the group of commercial trading companies that Brian owned. In 2010 the name of the charitable trust was changed to Daft as a Brush Cancer Care.
The organisation will have a small team of dedicated full time paid staff based at the Hood Street Centre. All other staff would be volunteers passionate about helping and assisting cancer patients in their journey to recovery. Patient's transport will be brand new adapted people carriers and will be staffed by two persons a Chauffeur and a Companion. All new staff would undergo initial induction and then move on to a training programme that would lead to NVQ3 level in their respective area of responsibility.
When does Daft as a Brush start ?
The first patient trials between Freeman Hospital and Tynedale are in progress. Cancer patients living in the Hexham to Prudhoe area will be transported to and from the Freeman Hospital. Albeit the trials will be only using one vehicle a second fully staffed vehicle will also be in attendance at all times as a back up and for training purposes.
Once the trials have been satisfactorily completed and the trust is confident that all the organisation, staff and systems are in place, the number of cancer patients will be increased. The target/goal is to create an organisation that is capable of transporting 50,000 cancer patients per year.