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


During the Second World War Len served with 125 Anti-Tank Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery. In 1942 Len’s transport ship was attacked by the Japanese and he, along with his comrades, became prisoners of war on the Burma Death Railway.

 More recently, Brian Burnie (founder of the charity Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care) asked Len to be guest of honour at the ‘Daft as a Brush VJ Day 75th Anniversary’ gathering at Daft as a Brush House, 2020.

Now, aged 101 Len is taking on a new challenge.

 A celebration of Len’s extraordinary life will put the spotlight on the charity close to his heart – Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care – as we extend free transport for cancer patients nationwide.

Please help us raise enough to purchase ambulances to help cancer patients all over Great Britain and Ireland on their journey to recovery. Thank you.


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A HUGE thank you from
Daft as a Brush and
Mr Len Gibson (B.E.M)



The Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care charity offers transport services to outpatients, free of charge, to and from hospital who are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy cancer treatment. Each vehicle is staffed by a trained volunteer driver and a companion to care for the mobility of the patient during the journey, pre and post treatment.

101 year-old Len Gibson is launching us NATIONWIDE and 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.

Email: lga@daftasabrush.org.uk

‘A Wearside Lad in World War II’ by Len Gibson (B.E.M)

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

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 and will be available to buy soon.

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.

Reserve your copy by CLICKING HERE to visit our shop. Or call: 0191 28 55 999.
(Orders dispatched approx July 2021)

Who are Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care?

Watch 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 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

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care going NATIONWIDE!

Aberdeen, Cardiff, Londonderry and London…

Can you help Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care go nationwide?
Former Bombardier Mr Len Gibson (B.E.M), of West Herrington, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, survived the horrors of the Burma Death Railway to become a musician and teacher who inspired thousands of young people.

Now a celebration of Len’s extraordinary life will put the spotlight on the charity close to his heart – Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care – as we campaign to launch nationwide.

The aim is to be operating in hospitals in Aberdeen, Londonderry, Cardiff and London beginning in March 2022 – and Len is helping appeal for volunteers and fundraisers in those areas to step forward to help! Email: lga@daftasabrush.org.uk

Image: Len’s ambulance; “Len ‘Guitar’ Gibson”

Can YOU help The Len Gibson Appeal?

Please call 0800 047 2995 to make a donation over the phone, or click here to visit our fund raising page with Virgin Money Giving.

Only with the support of people like you can we take our free cancer patient transport service nationwide, caring for people living with cancer across the country. Donations can also be made by post, to ‘The Len Gibson Appeal’ Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care, Newcastle, NE3 2DR. Thank you.