0191 28 55 999
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/or Radiotherapy cancer treatment.

Coronavirus Emergency

During the coronavirus emergency our charity remains operational at present 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, please note 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.

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 to help patients on the road to recovery.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Last Night of the Proms Weekend 2020!

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care is delighted to announce “Last Night of the Proms 2020” will be held at the O2 City Hall on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th October 2020!

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.

WOW!!! Almost 3 years and 9 pairs of boots later, Brian Burnie completes his epic 7,000 mile charity walk!!!

He’s done it!!! 15 million steps, 7,036 miles, Brian Burnie completes his challenge to walk the coast of Great Britain and Ireland!

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”

Read more….


Meet our Daft as a Brush heroes!

Meet our volunteer heroes helping cancer patients during Covid-19 crisis

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care has continued to operate throughout the Covid 19 crisis. We pay tribute to all of our amazing volunteers for their hard work during the emergency. We chat with volunteers at the Freeman Hospital and Dr Pedley, Consultant Clinical Oncologist. Founder of the charity, Brian Burnie offers his gratitude to all our volunteers and staff.

Thank you everyone for keeping our vital service operational through this difficult timeheart

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care official guide book

Discover amazing trails from the scouce of the 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 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.

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!

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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