Welcome to Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care – We transport cancer patients to and from hospital, free of charge.

Watch how the charity began and how schoolchildren for all over the region play a vital role at Daft as a Brush.


Who are 'Daft as a Brush'?

Guest of honour Mr Len Gibson

The charity, Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care, specialise in transporting cancer patients to and from hospital for their Chemotherapy and / or Radiotherapy treatment, free of charge.

The service involves collecting and transporting patients in a safe and comfortable environment from where they are living to where they will be having their treatment. If required, a volunteer companion will stay with the patient during their Chemotherapy and / or Radiotherapy.

The patient is returned to their home in readiness for their next course of treatment. The charity completes some 60,000 cancer patient journeys each year with a passionate team of over 400 volunteers and a fleet of some 40+ ambulances. All donations received go directly to supporting cancer patients on their journey to recovery with Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care.

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care Charitable Trust was awarded The Queens Award for Voluntary Services in 2016.

Help us to support cancer patients on their journey to recovery.

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.

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 on-line from our 'Donate' link quickly and easily, or by post to our office in Gosforth, or by personal visit to Reception.

From all of our volunteers and staff, thank you.


Help us reach our annual targets. Any amount is greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

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Walking from Teesside to Torquay

Walking from Teesside to Torquay

The epic 7,000 mile charity walk for cancer patients

Brian Burnie, who had plans to walk an astonishing 7,000+ miles across the UK for charity, has finally started the last leg of his journey after it was halted due to the pandemic. The 78 year old, had already walked the length of Great Britain and Ireland - with the last stretch being to Torquay.

Unfortunately, with the pandemic just beginning, Brian had no choice but to return home. Read more about Brian's 'last leg' by clicking here.

Volunteers urgently needed in South Tyneside!

Daft as a Brush operates throughout the North East and provides transport to and from hospital for cancer patients free of charge.

We’re appealing to people especially in South Tyneside who can spare their time and become volunteers for the charity. Volunteering opportunities include driving the ambulances or acting as companion to support cancer patients on their journey to recovery.

Volunteers would be required on a regular basis for full days. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can apply on-line by clicking here. Join the family at Daft as a Brush - Thank you!!

We’ve recently teamed up with Ford to supply our ambulances.

These air-conditioned vehicles are perfect for patients to relax in comfort on their journey to recovery. Each Ambulance is wrapped in our distinctive livery and also adopted by a local first school. If your school would like to adopt an ambulance, please get in touch!

Last Night of the Proms concert 15th October 2022 - Tickets on sale now!

This year we're hoping to raise enough to purchase our 100th Ambulance from concert ticket sales!!!

From only £14 per person with no booking fee. We’re going bigger and better! Missed our 2021 concert? Watch this short film for a taster.

Card payments

Call: 0191 28 55 999 - Every ticket sale goes towards purchasing our 100th Ambulance, includes a FREE programme and a flag too. Click here to find out more!

Great North Run 2022 - From City to Sea

The Great North Run 2022

All our ballot spaces have now been taken, if you've been unsuccessful don’t despair! Some charity spaces could be available later in early summer so join our waiting list by emailing us at gnr@daftasabrush.org.uk Good luck!

The World’s biggest and best half marathon! On 11th September 2022. Join our Just Giving fundraising page by clicking this button:

Just Giving

Please click here to visit the Events page
Great North Run 2022

Transporting Cancer Patients is better for the individual and the hospital

We’ve been speaking to Dame Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Professor Sir John Burn, Chairman, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Both agree transporting cancer patients to hospital is a real challenge for families, friends and the NHS. If patients are not in the right place at the right time, this can compromise the treatment system. Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care takes that stress away with a dedicated transport service. Click here to watch the interviews on our Real Life Stories page.

There's so much more to explore...

Daft as a Brush River Tyne Trail - From Source to Sea

Discover amazing trails from the scouces of the River 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 the Walking Guide by clicking here.

A Wearside Lad in World War II - By Len Gibson (B.E.M)

The extraordinary story of Len Gibson’s life as a prisoner of war in the Far East.

‘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.

Cheques are accepted via post to Daft as a Brush House, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 2DR. Purchase on-line via the link below. Please mark any letters ‘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 now in stock ready to dispatch by post, allow 2-3 days, an extra day or two over public holidays.)

Buy Len's book from our on-line shop by Clicking Here.

Guest of honour Mr Len Gibson