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

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

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 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 this incredible challenge!

We’re staying on Bluebell the Bus – look out for us!

Brian Burnie interviewed on Sky News Sunrise Breakfast Show!

Please help Bluebell on her way!

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!

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!

Where will Brian be on 5th March 2020? Forecast to win up to £500!!

Brian set off from the Baltic, Gateshead, with Bluebell bus, on a marathon 7,000 mile walk around the coast of Great Britain and Ireland on 5th March, 2018. Exactly one year later he had walked all the way up the east coast of Scotland, across the top, then down the west coast, back into England and then down to Llandudno. But where will he be on the 5th March 2020? Click here to enter the Sweepstake for chance to win up to £500!

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.

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.”

In view of the success of DAAB in the North East of England Brian Burnie wants to see similar services made available across the rest of Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. In March 2018 he embarked on a challenging 7,000 mile walk around the coastal path of Great Britain and Ireland in order to raise awareness of the work done by DAAB and explain how the service operates. He is meeting with medical professionals, cancer patients and communities at selected points along the route and is expected to finish in 2020. The intention is that the new transport hubs will be opened under the name of Bluebell Cancer Patient Care and will operate independently of DAAB. This is to ensure that the resources of DAAB remain dedicated to the North East of England.

Incredible response from Oncologists and Hospitals so far!

Brian met Professor Joe O’Sullivan, Senior Oncologist Belfast City Hospital, who said: “It’s been incredible to hear the success of the team in delivering transport for patients in Newcastle and I really wish Brian and the Team well on their 7,000 mile walk around Britain and Ireland. We, in Belfast, would love to see the good work of this charity coming here to Northern Ireland.”

Where is Brian Burnie walking?

Brian and Cheryl Burnie are travelling around the coast of Great Britain and Ireland. Brian is walking every step of the 7,000 miles on the coastal footpath. Some parts are very exposed and not well signposted resulting in the odd ‘tumble’ but 74 year old Brian is doing well on his mission to bring free cancer patient transport all over Great Britain and Ireland.

He’s walking from 10-15 miles per day in all weathers at all times of the year. We’ve brought together OS Specialist David Wilson and with along OS maps, we’ve got his route planned all around the country. If you can meet up with Brian, please contact us or use the TrackIt24/7 application above to find his location. Brian would very much appreciate the support and encouragement!

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.

Learn more about Daft as a Brush by clicking here.