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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brian Burnie is walking 7,000 miles around the entire coastal path of Great Britain and Ireland to bring free cancer patient transport nationwide. His dream is to create 1,000,000 high-quality journeys for outpatients requiring Radiotherapy and / or Chemotherapy, free of charge.
He began this epic trek on 5th March 2018 from NewcastleGateshead, Brian will return in late 2020. As if the walk isn’t difficult enough, Brian’s Parkinson’s disease makes it even more challenging. Married on The Isle of Skye, his wife Cheryl helps keep him on the right path while staying in their double decker home for over 2 years – ‘Bluebell Bus’.
Discover more at Click here to vist the website!
What fantastic nights in 2019 at the O2 Newcastle City Hall with the Daft as a Brush “Last Night of the Proms” Concerts. On Friday 16th and Saturday 17th October 2020, another TWO evenings of music, opera, choir, soloists, fun and much more! Look forward to seeing you in October 2020!!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW – Visit our ‘events’ page by clicking here.
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!
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.
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!