Daft As A Brush makes mark on South Tyneside

Launch of the Daft As A Brush charity walk at South Shields.
Patricia and Councillor Richard Porthouse and Brian Burnie.
Picture Jane Coltman
Launch of the Daft As A Brush charity walk at South Shields. Patricia and Councillor Richard Porthouse and Brian Burnie. Picture Jane Coltman

A charity has officially made its mark in South Tyneside as its founder hopes to encourage young fundraisers of the future.

Charity Daft As A Brush Cancer Patient Care unveiled its new marker stone on South Shields Pier yesterday.

The stone acts as an end point for fundraisers who embark on the River Tyne Trail.

The trek was planned by charity founder Brian Burnie and his three pals Bill King, Dave Bowmaker and Ron Stanley back in March 2012.

Mr Burnie, now hopes people will be sponsored to walk the route, which starts at the North Tyne source in Deadwater, Kielder, or the source of the South Tyne in Garrigill, Cumbria.

Youngsters from Mortimer Primary School in South shields and Toner Avenue Primary School in Hebburn sung the song ‘Water of Tyne’.

Mr Burnie said: “It’s a very moving moment to be able to officially reveal our new marker stone here in South Shields.

“The children did such a wonderful job of singing and the sun was glorious. It’s been a wonderful day.

“Hopefully the children here will be inspired to take part in the walk as they grow up.”

He added: “That’s what it’s all about planting the seed in the new generation.

“Already the new stone has generated a lot of interest and this will hopefully mean a lot more funding to come for the charity.

“Every family knows someone who either has cancer, or has been affected by it, that’s why it’s important for people to support Daft As a Brush.”

Daft As a Brush offers staffed custom-made vehicles to transport outpatients, free of charge, to and from hospital who are undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy cancer treatment.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, was also on hand with his wife, the Mayoress, Patricia, to help with the ribbon cutting.

The Mayor said: “This is such an important charity.

“I know only too well how devastating cancer can be, just at the weekend I lost my brother, so it’s essential people take part and help organisations like this

“It’s a lovely route, I am going to walk a little way of it today and hopefully at some point in the future, I might get the chance to enjoy more of it..”

For more information Daft As a Brush, visit www.daftasabrush.org.uk.