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Daft as a Brush House
Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 2DR

Welcome to Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care offers staffed custom-made vehicles to transport outpatients, free of charge, to and from the Freeman and RVI Hospitals who are undergoing Chemotherapy and/or Radiotherapy cancer treatment.

There is no charge to the patients for our Service. We collect and transport patients in a safe and comfortable environment, from where they are living, taking them to where they will be having their treatment. If required staying within the hospital whilst the patient has their treatment and then bringing them back home in readiness for their next course of Chemotherapy and/or Radiotherapy treatment.

The Great North Run 2022!

Ballot now open! Please CLICK HERE to visit our Events page for more information and to register your interest for The Great North Run on 11 September 2022.

Important Patients

We transport patients to and from hospital for their vital treatments, free of charge.

Staffed by world-class doctors and nursing staff using the very latest equipment and techniques, we are part of the team caring for cancer patients with a variety of conditions.

We’re now in Cumbria!

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care are reaching out for Volunteers to help cancer patients travel to and from hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven. Drivers and Patient Companions urgently required for all areas!

Click here for more information and to apply

Last Night of the Proms

Now on sale, ‘Last Night of the Proms’ tickets for 2022 – From £14, bigger and better for 2022. Don’t miss this enhanced show – A perfect night out!

Please visit the Special Events page for information.

Len Gibson’s Book

From his early years in Sunderland to his life after the war, Len’s book has been brought up to date and reprinted. Special birthday offer for Len, now only at £9.99 (+£2 for P&P) Limited period.

‘Len Gibson: A Wearside Lad in World War II’ buy now by clicking here.

City to Sea – The Great North Run 2022

The Great North Run 2022

From city to sea, the Great North Run returns to its classic route for 2022!

Almost 60,000 determined and dedicated runners make the Great North Run the World’s biggest and best half marathon – On 11th September 2022, can you run for your local charity, Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care?

We have a limited number of spaces available! Ballot now open – Please register your interest as soon as possible. Please CLICK HERE to visit the Events page or email gnr@daftasabrush.org.uk

Last Night of the Proms Concert, Newcastle City Hall 2022

Join us at the Last Night of the Proms, 15th October 2022!

Tickets now available!! A perfect Christmas gift for family and friends! From only £14 per person with NO booking fee. The enhanced show in 2021 was such a huge success, we’re going bigger and better for 2022! Missed our 2021 concert? Watch this short film for a taste of 2022.

Every ticket sale supports the Daft as a Brush Charity and includes a FREE event programme and a flag too. Click here to find out more!

Len Gibson’s Book, ‘A Wearside Lad in World War II’ – Now available.

The extraordinary story of Len Gibson’s life as a prisoner of war in the Far East. January 2022 would have been Len’s 102nd birthday. To commemorate this special month, his book is now available at the special price of only £9.99 (+£2 for P&P)

From his early years in Sunderland to his life after the war, Len’s book has been brought up to date, reprinted in hard back is now available to purchase at the special price of only £9.99 (+£2 for P&P)

‘Len Gibson: A Wearside Lad in World War II’ looks back on Len’s remarkable life as a Japanese prisoner of war, where he endured three and a half years of forced labour, near-starvation, disease and brutality.

Len has influenced and supported many people including music-royalty Dave Stewart co-founder of the ‘Euthymics’ and professional footballer Keith Adams who played for Sunderland and Australian Nationals. Currently living in Melbourne, Keith was an ex-pupil of Len’s at his former school where he was Deputy Head, Hasting Hill Primary School.

The book is a poignant and lasting memorial to a man who helped an unbelievable number of people over the decades.

Buy your copy by CLICKING HERE to visit our shop.
All orders include a free ‘Daft as a Brush’ bookmark.

Cheques are accepted via post to Daft as a Brush House, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 2DR.
Please mark your letter ‘Len Gibson Book’ and include your return address details.

Or, call in to see us! Our Reception is open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, cash payments only please. Books in stock ready to take-away today.

(Books now in stock ready to dispatch by post, allow 2-3 days, an extra day or two over public holidays.)

Help bring free cancer patient transport NATIONWIDE!


In July 2021, 101 year-old Len Gibson launched ‘Daft as a Brush’ NATIONWIDE! We’re aiming to create 1,000,000 free cancer patient journeys!

The very first ambulance is named after Len and called ‘Len ‘Guitar’ Gibson’, and adopted by Hasting Hill Academy school where Len used to teach music and became Deputy Headmaster.

Help us bring free cancer patient transport all over Great Britain and Ireland – Donations to the ‘Len Gibson Appeal’ will help us provide the free service and to purchase new ambulances. Donate on-line from our Just Giving Page. Please click the here to donate!


BRAND NEW SHORT FILM – The Daft as a Brush Story – So far….!

The Daft as a Brush Story….So far!

The Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care Team transports cancer patients to and from hospital for their important treatment, free of charge. Watch how the charity began and how schoolchildren from all over the region play a vital role supporting their local charity by adopting ambulances and their involvement with special events.

Thank you to everyone involved in making of this short filmheart

WOW!!! Almost 3 years and 9 pairs of boots later, Brian Burnie completes his epic 7,000 mile charity walk!!!

He’s done it!!! 15 million steps, 7,036 miles, Brian Burnie completes his challenge to walk the coast of Great Britain and Ireland!

Brian & Cheryl Burnie set off walking around the coast of Great Britain and Ireland in March 2018 from Newcastle to highlight the charity’s work and encourage other NHS Cancer Centres to adopt the free service.

The Newcastle-based charity and its 350 volunteers provides free transport for patients receiving chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy cancer treatment.

It’s taken the 76 year old almost 3 years to complete his incredible walk. Supported by his wife Cheryl, Brian has clocked-up 15,000,000 steps and over 7,000 miles walked. They were met at the Baltic in Gateshead by volunteers, supporters and well-wishers undeterred by the rain, to take those final steps over the Millennium Bridge back into Newcastle.

Clearly emotional, Mr Burnie said it was “Unbelievably moving”

Read more….


Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care official guide book

Discover amazing trails from the scouce of the Tyne.

The trail traces the length of one of Britain’s greatest rivers, the Tyne. The 130 mile walk covers both sources, the North and South Tynes, which are marked by giant stone monuments.

The stone at the North Tyne, near the England-Scotland border, was erected in October 2013 specially to mark the beginning of the trail. From tiny springs to streams and then vibrant rivers, the two sources eventually converge to create the powerful River Tyne as it journeys to the sea. The nature of the undulating terrain makes for a challenging and rewarding experience as the trail passes through some of Britain s most beautiful and interesting scenery.

Find out more and buy by clicking here

Brian Burnie receives Prime Ministers award!

In a personal letter to Brian, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Your work is improving the lives of thousands of cancer patients undergoing treatment in the North East. By helping patients travel to and from hospital, your team of hundreds of volunteers are providing them with comfort and companionship at a very challenging time. I wish you the very best of luck with your current efforts to expand your successful model to new areas of the country.”

Brian said:  “I am both delighted and honoured to receive this award and do so on behalf of the 300 volunteers we have working so tirelessly from ‘Daft as a Brush House’ in Newcastle. With their hard work and commitment to the charity, we achieve some 40,000 cancer patient journeys each year. It is very touching for the volunteers and the charity to be recognised.”

Download the official Press Release by Clicking Here

Daft as a Brush Book, ‘River Tyne Trail, Sources to Sea’

The original idea came from Ron Thornton’s book “The River Tyne from sea to source”. Our old friend Ron is so passionate about the proposed walk that he has given permission for the charity to have the copyright of his paintings, so they can be reproduced to promote the walk and the work of the cancer charity.

Recently recognised by OS Mapping, the walk is approximately 130 miles long and will entail – A song “Water of Tyne”, The Pennines, Cheviot Hills, a set of stepping stones, about eighty bridges, Reservoir Dam, Tunnel and Ferry before reaching the sea. Taking 13 to 14 days, through some of Britain’s most beautiful and interesting scenery, and would equal any of the Wainright’s Walks!

BOOK-COVERRiver Tyne Trail: Sources to Sea is now available to buy from Daft as a Brush with PayPal.

£12.99 + P&P


Can YOU help Daft as a Brush?

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care is a free service for Cancer Patients and is totally funded by donations and the hard work done by our amazing volunteers.

It costs approximately, £200,000 per year to run the Daft as a Brush service. Only with the support of people like you can we continue caring for people living with cancer across the region. Donations can be made by text, on-line or by post, please click here to discover ways to donate quickly and easily. Thank you.

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