Church raises £7,400 for transport charity

Brian Burnie, of 'Daft as a Brush', receives a cheque from Roger Stephenson (right), a member of St John's and a volunteer driver for the charity.

Brian Burnie, of 'Daft as a Brush', receives a cheque from Roger Stephenson (right), a member of St John's and a volunteer driver for the charity.

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Thousands of pounds has been presented to a cancer charity following the dedication of church members.

Members of the project and social committee at St John’s Methodist Church, in Whitley Bay, spent time raising money for cancer transport charity ‘Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care’.

We are thrilled with the amount we have raised for such a worthwhile local charity

Margaret Stephenson, of St John’s Church

They held a variety of events over the year, presenting a final cheque for £7,476.43 to Brian Burnie.

Margaret Stephenson, of St John’s, said: “We’ve taxed our brains at two quizzes, enjoyed music, a family film night and a craft fair as well as having a bookstall.

“We are thrilled with the amount we have raised for such a worthwhile local charity.”

Brian told the congregation that the name ‘Daft as a Brush’ was decided on in order to ‘bring a smile to people’s faces’.

The charity makes 15,000 cancer patient journeys a year but the cost of fuel totals £60,000. They are dependent on volunteers who drive the ambulances.

In the next year Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care have plans to buy nine new ambulances.

Brian said: “I never ever thought the amount would be so great. It’s exceeded all expectations.”

For further information on ‘Daft as a Brush’ visit www.daftasabrush.org.uk or phone (0191) 285 5999.