10 Jul 2017

Daft as a Brush

We are delighted to announce that, Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care, is one of the local charities that Team Tyne Innovation is looking to support as part of their Talisker Whisky 3,000-mile Atlantic challenge.

Daft as a Brush is based in Gosforth. They have a shop in Eldon Gardens and an office and reception desk at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. Daft as a Brush provides free transport to cancer patients attending radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment at the Freeman and RVI Hospitals in Newcastle. Patients are collected from their home in one of the Daft as a Brush liveried ambulances, and transported to the treating hospital. The Daft as a Brush driver and companion will wait until the patient’s treatment is completed, and then transport the patient back home. The patient can bring a friend or relative with them too. Daft as a Brush transports patients from all over the North East and Cumbria; from Berwick to the north, Whitehaven to the west and Teesside and the Yorkshire Dales to the south.

Dave Higgins, a crew member of Team Tyne Innovation said “I am pleased to select Daft as a Brush as the local charity I would like our team to support. Cancer can touch the lives of so many of us and supporting the smaller charities who offer services to cancer patients means lives can be that little bit more comfortable while undergoing treatment. I see these transport vans on a regular basis in and around Newcastle, going about the daily routine, to support this in any small way to continue will mean a lot to myself and the team. Making a real difference to the local community means that it’s more connected to us and the challenge ahead”. Daft as a Brush makes a real difference, in 2016 well over 20,000 cancer patient journeys were only made possible by the dedication and service of its magnificent team of volunteers and staff”

Rex Winter, CEO of Daft as a Brush, said “I am delighted that our charity has being picked as one of those the Tyne team is looking to support. Rowing the Atlantic will be no mean feat and I am sure a few of the crew’s friends and family will think they are also Daft as a Brush. We look forward to working with the Tyne Team over the next year leading up to their race in December 2018”.

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