Daft as a Brush

7,000 mile walk along the coastal footpath of
Great Britain and Ireland

Bluebell Bus

Welcome to Daft as a Brush Bluebell Bus! A 7,000 mile, 2 year walk to create 1,000,000 Cancer Patient Journeys.

Join us on our 7,000 mile walk to travel the length of the coastal footpath walk of both Great Britain and Ireland. This epic journey is to promote nationally, the Charity Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care transport service. This is a free of charge service for cancer patients that require to get to and from hospital for treatment.

The charity proposes that with Bluebell Bus and her travelling team will get the word out about how “HUBS” can be managed and run locally, to create a Daft as a Brush Service in their local area and therefore, provide nationally, 1,000,000 (1 million) high quality cancer patient care journeys each year. We’re walking anti-clockwise around Great Britain and Ireland then back to Newcastle in circa two years, back in June 2020! Wish us luck!

We’re taking the Daft as a Brush charity NATIONWIDE!

Brian, Cheryl and Bluebell arrive in Dublin!
The start of a 2,000 mile trek and 6 months on the Emerald Isle.

Please help Brian and Bluebell on their 7,000 mile walking challenge!

A HUGE thank you from Bluebell and her team to everyone who can help her!

Did you know…? Everything from food to fuel on the 7,000 mile walk is funded privately by Brian Burnie.This means every penny donated goes directly to the charity to bring FREE cancer patient transport all over Great Britain and Ireland.

Bluebell Bus is aiming to raise £4m to take the Charity Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care NATIONWIDE with the creation of a network of hubs and the provision of support, financial and administrative, to those persons who wish to set up and operate Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care service in new areas.

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Help us reach our target amount of £4 million. Any amount is greatly appreciated!

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Support for Daft as a Brush Bluebell Bus

Daft as a Brush Bluebell Bus and Brian Burnie 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 Bus and Brian Burnie stay on the road. Thank you!

Meet Brian Burnie, on his epic challenge to walk 7,000 miles!

Supported by his wife, Cheryl, Brian Burnie is walking the entire coast of Ireland on a six month, 2,000 mile challenge to bring free Cancer Patient Transport to the Emerald Isle. The founder of the Newcastle cancer patient charity ‘Daft as a Brush’ has already walked over 3,000 miles around the coastline
of Northumberland, Scotland, Cumbria and Merseyside on his epic 7,000 mile odyssey, while living in a double-decker bus!

Join Brian and Cheryl in Dublin for our BLUEBELL BUS OPEN DAY Thursday 2nd May 2019 from 10am – 4.00pm at Bus Éireann, Broadstone, Dublin 7. (Near the Luas Stop). Meet Brian and hop on-board Bluebell Bus for a tour, cream cake and a cuppa!

Discover our Real Life Stories

What do patients, volunteers and medical professionals think about the Daft as a Brush service? View a small collection of video interviews; from Chief Executives, Patients, Volunteers and more. We’re proud of Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care and are delighted so many people, from all walks of life, share our passion. You can watch our “Real Life Stories” by clicking this link.

Our thanks to all those who took the time to be involved, if you have you’re own story and would like to be interviewed, please get in touch.

There’s so much more to explore…

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.