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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 Hospital who are undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy cancer treatment.

The regions to be covered by Daft as a Brush are: Northumberland, North and South Tyneside, Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas. There would be no charge to the patients for our Service. The service would entail collecting and transporting the 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 with the patient whilst they have their treatment and then bringing them back home in readiness for their next course of treatment.

Very Important Patients

Daft as a Brush now supporting the Great North Children’s Hospital.

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


Can you help at Daft as a Brush?

If you can spare some time and wish to be involved with this local charity, there are many positions available. Click here for more information and to apply.

Last Night of the Proms Weekend 2019!

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care is delighted to announce “Last Night of the Proms 2019” will be held at the City Hall over TWO evenings – Friday 18th and Saturday 19th October, 2019.

Visit the Special Events page for information.

Special Events

Join us for a host of special events; from walks and shows to themed nights out and concerts!

We host many special events throughout the year, view all the dates and join in! Click here for more information.

Have you met Daft as a Brush Bluebell Bus?
Discover our epic 7,000 mile walk around Great Britain and Ireland!

Brian Burnie’s 7,000 mile walk with Bluebell Bus!

Brian Burnie is walking 7,000 miles around the entire coastal path of Great Britain and Ireland to bring free cancer patient transport nationwide. His dream is to create 1,000,000 high-quality journeys for outpatients requiring Radiotherapy and / or Chemotherapy, free of charge.

He began this epic trek on 5th March 2018 from NewcastleGateshead, Brian will return in late 2020. As if the walk isn’t difficult enough, Brian’s Parkinson’s disease makes it even more challenging. Recently married on The Isle of Skye, his wife Cheryl helps keep him on the right path while staying in their double decker home for 3 years – ‘Bluebell Bus’.

Discover more at Click here to vist the website!

Graeme Williamson climbing Kilimanjaro for Daft as a Brush!

Climbing to new heights!

We’re delighted that Graeme Williamson is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for his local charity, Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care.

Graeme leaves Tyneside on 27th September 2019 to Tanzania to begin his challenge. Graeme told us; “To summit the worlds highest free standing mountain is a huge challenge which will involve many months of training and dedication but raising funds for such an outstanding charity such as this will only make me work even harder to complete such a challenge.” Good luck Graeme!

You can support Graeme’s epic challenge by clicking here.

Get ready for the fabulous Daft as a Brush Proms Concerts 2019!

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care is delighted to announce “Last Night of the Proms 2019” will be held at Newcastle City Hall over TWO evenings – Friday 18th and Saturday 19th October, 2019.

Join us for a fabulous evening of music, opera, choir, soloists, fun and much more! Bede Wind Orchestra and Choir conductor Ernest Young, Principal Soloist, rising opera stars and more!

For more information, please vist the ‘events’ page 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

River Tyne Trail, Sources to Sea – Daft as a Brush Book out now !

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.

The walk approximately 130 miles long 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-COVERBook is out now! Buy from Daft as a Brush with PayPal, or from our shop on 1st Floor, Eldon Garden, Newcastle.




Daft as a Brush Shop now open in Eldon Garden, Newcastle.

Visit the Daft as a Brush Shop in Eldon Garden!

Call in to meet the team, discover more about the charity and perhaps buy a copy of our new book – River Tyne Trail: Sources to Sea.

The shop is staffed by volunteers, all are welcome. It’s a great venue to meet with friends and we have a selection of eclectic items for sale; from T-shirts to books. The shop was opened by cancer patient and Daft as a Brush friend, Sally Smith and her husband John in October 2015.

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.

Donations Raised

Help us reach our target amount of £200,000. Any amount is greatly appreciated!

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