Annual VJ Day Memorial Walk
Aug 14 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

VJ Day Memorial Walk – Sunday 14th August 2022

Our dear friend, Mr Len Gibson would have been 102 years young in 2022. A Far East Prisoner or War, he endured near starvation, disease and brutality in World War 2.
 Sadly we lost Len in July 2021.

To remember Len and all the other FEPoW’s our charity founder, Brian Burnie has created the ‘VJ DAY Memorial Walk’ this year This year Brian and supporters will be walking from Sunderland Cenotaph at Mowbray Park to the Cenotaph at Newcastle Haymarket. We’re asking everyone to join in parts of the walk – perhaps just a few yards, a few miles, or the whole distance to remember Len and his friends of the ’Forgotten Army’.

VJ Day

With the support of the Mayor of Sunderland Cllr Harry Trueman and Cllr Habib Rahman, the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, together with Deputy Lord Lieutenant from Tyne and Wear Major Eric Ingram, Buglers, Standard Bearers, family and friends, we’re hoping for a great turn out in 2022.

No tickets are required, and more information will be available soon on this free activity. Please show your support on this special day. Thank you.

Approximate times: Sunday 14th August 2021

  • Depart Sunderland Cenotaph at 07:00
  • Stop at 11:00 for a two-minute silence at South Shields Town Hall
  • 24.5 mile walk to Newcastle Haymarket Cenotaph
  • Arrival approx. 17:00

We will gather by the 1914 Monument at the Haymarket next to St Thomas The Martyr Church.

More details, the final route and full information available soon. Any questions? Please email:

VJ Day memorial walk

The Great North Run 2022
Sep 11 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

From city to sea, the Great North Run returns to its classic route for 2022!

Almost 60,000 determined and dedicated runners make the Great North Run the World’s biggest and best half marathon – On 11th September 2022!

All ballots spaces have now been taken – A HUGE thank you to everyone who has been in touch and is running for Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care. If you’ve been unsuccessful, don’t despair! Join our waiting list by emailing as we may receive more charity places in early summer 2022.

If successful in obtaining a place, then payment of registration fee (£60) required and you should be confident of being able to achieve a fundraising target of £300 or more.

Those on the waiting list will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Just Giving


Last Night of the Proms Concert! – City Hall Newcastle
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Last Night of the Proms Concert, Newcastle O2 City Hall, 15th October 2022. This year we’re hoping to raise enough to purchase our 100th Ambulance from concert ticket sales!!!

Tickets now available!! A perfect gift for family and friends or a treat yourself! From only £14 per person with NO booking fee. The enhanced show in 2021 was such a huge success, we’re going bigger and better for 2022! Missed our 2021 concert? Watch this short film for a taste of 2022.

Cards accepted

Join us for an exceptional evening of music, choir, dance, soloists, fun and much more!

We’re also thrilled to welcome back Ray Spencer MBE as our Compère, everyone loves Ray’s humour and passion for our Proms event. Every ticket sale goes towards purchasing our 100th Ambulance and includes a FREE event programme and a flag too.

Doors 6pm, Showtime 7pm – See you there!!

Tickets available from Daft as a Brush in Gosforth directly – Call: 0191 28 55 999 or visit us Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm where Reception can assist with your tickets and now take your card payments. Or, click here to buy on-line via the City Hall website

100th Ambulance

Ray Spencer MBE

Last Night of the Proms


The BIG Christmas Lights Switch-On!
Nov 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Come along to the BIG Christmas Lights Switch-On!

Don’t miss the switch-on of our Christmas Lights at Daft as a Brush House, in Gosforth now on Friday 18th November 2022 (Approx date)

We’ve got special guests coming along, the biggest tree you’ve ever seen plus over 200 local Cubs and Beavers too – Salvation Army band, carol singing and more! YEY! Everyone welcome! – Watch the short film from last year:


No tickets, please just come along to Daft as a Brush House for 5.30pm – Switch on at 6pm!

This year, we’re aiming for 250,000 lights – Don’t miss out, see you on 18th November!

(Please note there is no access or parking at Daft as a Brush House, please remain on the public path outside. Off street parking is available close by.)