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

VJ Day Memorial Walk – Sunday 14th August 2022

To remember our dear friend, Len Gibson BEM and all the other FEPoW’s our charity founder, Brian Burnie has created the ‘VJ DAY Memorial Walk’.

This year Brian, cadets, military piper, membes of HMS Calliope and supporters will be walking from Sunderland Cenotaph at Mowbray Park to the War Memorial at St Thomas’ Church, 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 all Far East Prisnors of War aka the ‘Forgotten Army’. The epic walk will be covering parts of Sunderland, South Shields, Gateshead, and Newcastle. We would love YOU to join us or to cheer walkers on along the way.

VJ Day

It promises to be a special day, with multiple ‘fly passes’, military ambulances and Daft as a Brush ambulance parades, memorial services and entertainment from pipe bands and a bugler.

No tickets are required. Please show your support on this special day. Thank you.

Approximate times: Sunday 14th August 2021

  • 7:00, Sunderland Cenotaph
    – Start of walk
    – Mayor in attendance
    – Military & DAAB ambulances
    – A Piper will lead the walkers out of the park to begin their 24.5 mile challenge.
  • 11:00, South Shields Town Hall
    – 2 Minute silence
    – Bugler playing Last Post with standard-bearers
    – Exciting Fly Past of vintage aircraft –  RAF Chipmunk will be led by an Army Auster
    – We’re planning a ‘poppy drop’ from the aircraft
  • 15:45, Hilton Hotel, Gateshead side of Tyne Bridge
    – Last leg of walk led by Pipe Band
    – Another exciting Fly Past along the River Tyne
    – Over Tyne Bridge, turn onto Mosley St, up Grey Street to Monument and to Northumberland Street
    – Arrive St Thomas Church for 17:00
  • 17:00 – 17:30, St Thomas’ Church, Newcastle.
    – Service and speeches
    – Final fly past over the City with hopefully another ‘poppy drop’
    – Daft as a Brush ambulance procession

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:

RAF chipmonk

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


Living North Christmas Fair
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Living North Christmas Fair @ Newcastle Racecourse | England | United Kingdom

We’re thrilled to be invited to the Living North Christmas Fair Thursday 27th October to Sunday 30th October as their nominated charity for 2022!

We’ll have a bunch of great stocking fillers and gifts for sale as well as the opportunity to chat with our team and perhaps consider volunteering for Daft as a Brush!

Pop along to Newcastle Racecourse, just off the A1. FREE Parking is available in the main racecourse car parks following the Living North Car Park signs.

Discover more by clicking here.

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.)