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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

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care ‘Last Night of the Proms’ 2018 Concert at the City Hall Newcastle!

Another super concert with over 2,000 people attending. Tickets on sale for 2019 very soon! Keep an eye on our 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!

Looking for Bluebell Bus?

Join us on our 7,000 mile adventure to travel the length of the coastal footpath walk of both Great Britain and Ireland. This epic journey is to promote nationally, the Charity Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care transport service. This is free of charge in the Tyne and Wear area, for cancer patients that require to get to and from hospital for treatment.

The charity proposes that with Bluebell Bus and her travelling team will get the word out about how “HUBS” can be managed and run locally, to create a Daft as a Brush Service in their locality and therefore collectively, provide nationally 1,000,000 (1 million) high quality cancer patient care journeys each year. We’re walking anti-clockwise around Great Britain and Ireland then back to Newcastle in circa two years, back in Autumn 2020!

Discover more at https://www.daftasabrushbluebellbus.org.uk

Each year Brian Burnie funds our thank-you dinner at Fenwick, Newcastle.

It’s his way of thanking our amazing volunteers, staff, trustees and all the suppliers that have been very kind to us throughout the year. This year, we managed to put together a quick film of the event! Hope you enjoy this, have a fantastic Christmas and New Year. Our thanks to the team at Fenwick (Newcastle) for the fabulous food and service, Stocksfield Avenue First School and St.Charles Roman Catholic Primary School for the beautiful carol concerts.

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.

The new Daft as a Brush Shop in Eldon Garden is now open!

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 open every day from 9am until 5pm, 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. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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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