Bluebell Cancer Patient Care

Bringing free cancer patient transport
all over Great Britain and Ireland!

Bluebell Bus

Welcome to Bluebell Cancer Patient Care – We’re bringing free cancer patient transport to Great Britain and Ireland!

• Coronavirus – A message from Brian Burnie.

By walking 7,000 miles around the Great Britain and Ireland, Bluebell Cancer Patient Care aims to highlight the difficulties of Cancer Patient Transport and raise £1m by public and commercial donations, sponsorship and goodwill, to offer this transport service nationwide. We propose to create a network of ‘hubs’ in strategic locations to provide free cancer patient journeys.

The walk will take 2.5 years, finishing by late 2020; key visits include national cancer centres, hospitals and all Parliaments engaging with Health Ministers and medical professionals to explain the benefits, logistical service and the features of a fully operational model – Join Brian Burnie on this incredible challenge!

We’re bringing free cancer patient transport all over the UK and Ireland!

Help us raise £1m to support cancer patients all over Great Britain and Ireland

A HUGE thank you from Bluebell the Bus and her team to everyone who can help Brian on his amazing trek!

The cost of the day-to-day running of Bluebell the Bus and the journey will be paid for privately by Brian Burnie. The 75 year old is walking every step of the 7,000 miles. We’re aiming to raise £1m to set-up and manage hubs, to bring free Cancer Patient Care NATIONWIDE.

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Help us reach our target amount of £1 million. Any amount is greatly appreciated!

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VJ Day 75 – Brian Burnie to reach Teesside on epic charity walk by 15th August!

Guest of honour Mr Len Gibson
76 year old Brian Burnie had reached Torquay after walking for 2 years and over 5,100 miles on his cancer charity challenge when Covid-19 brought the country and his challenge to a standstill.

As restrictions are gently eased, Brian has been walking locally in an attempt to make up the last 1,182 miles – the equivalent of Torquay to Teesside.

He will reach the equal distance to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough on 15th August 2020 – VJ Day. Subject to restrictions, we’re planning something big at Daft as a Brush House in Gosforth, Newcastle!

Centenarian, Mr. Len Gibson, Far East Prisoner of War will be our guest of honour to commemorate VJ Day 75 and to walk the last few yards with Brian – We’re hoping you may wish to be involved with the commemorations. We’re reaching out to other veterans, their families and to those who wish to join us, please contact us directly: [email protected]

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Amazing support for Bluebell Cancer Patient Care

Bluebell Cancer Patient Care would like to thank everyone who has helped the project so far. Brian’s epic mission to create 1,000,000 free cancer patient journeys all over Great Britain and Ireland would not be possible without the help of so many people.
Local, national and international names are continuing to help Bluebell Cancer Patient Care and Brian Burnie stay on the road. Thank you!

Transporting Cancer Patients is better for the individual and the hospital

We’ve been speaking to Dame Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Professor Sir John Burn, Chairman, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Both agree transporting cancer patients to hospital is a real challenge for families, friends and there NHS and if patients are not in the right place at the right time, this can compromise the treatment system. Bluebell Bus Cancer Patient Care take that stress away with a dedicated transport service.

How will our service work?

The charity will offer transport services to outpatients, free of charge, to and from hospital who are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy cancer treatment. Each vehicle will be staffed by a trained volunteer driver and a companion to care for the mobility of the patient during the journey, pre and post treatment. The charity will operate nationwide, opening various hubs in targeted locations within a reasonable distance from major specialist cancer treatment centres. 

We will work with the assistance of specialist cancer care centres within Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in order to set up transport hubs. The hubs will then provide staffed vehicles to transport outpatients, free of charge to and from hospital who are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy cancer treatment.

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Bluebell Bus 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.” Download the offical Press release by Clicking here

Who are Daft as a Brush?

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 Radiotherapy cancer treatment.

At the moment, the regions covered by Daft as a Brush are: Northumberland, North and South Tyneside, Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas. There would be no charge to the patients for our Service. We’re on the road to promote Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care with the hope we can expand nationally!  The service would entail collecting and transporting the patients in a safe and comfortable environment, from where they are living, taking them to where they will be having their treatment. If required staying with the patient whilst they have their treatment and then bringing them back home in readiness for their next course of treatment.