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/or Radiotherapy cancer treatment.
During the coronavirus crisis our charity remains operational and we are doing all we can to continue our cancer patient transport service. This is, of course, dependent upon the availability of our wonderful volunteers during this difficult time. We do have reduced staff numbers for safety so it may take slightly longer to respond to Facebook messages / emails etc.,
All patients are referred to us by the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, unfortunately we cannot take referrals directly. We will continue to work closely with the NCCC throughout this emergency. Thank you.
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.
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 to help patients on the road to recovery.
Click here for more information and to apply.
A fabulous family evening! “Last Night of the Proms 2021” concerts features an award-winning orchestra, choir, principal soloist, rising opera stars and more!
Please visit the Special Events page for information.
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.
Join us for a fabulous evening of music, opera, choir, soloists, fun and much more! Our “Last Night of the Proms” concerts features award-winning Bede Wind Orchestra and Choir, conductor Ernest Young BEM, Principal Soloist, rising opera stars and special treats.
This years’ event features an enhanced programme it’s even bigger and better!
We’re also delighted to welcome back Ray Spencer MBE as our Compère. Ray’s performance and light-hearted humour was such a success win 2019, he’s back by demand for 2021.
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.
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”
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.
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.”
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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!
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.
Help us reach our target amount of £200,000. Any amount is greatly appreciated!