Retired bus is given a new lease of life by cancer charity

An old double decker bus is back on the road again after being given a new lease of life by a cancer charity.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 14 March, 2018, 08:24
Brian Burnie, founder of Daft As A Brush, joins Gary Chisholm, from Stagecoach North East, at the Bluebell Bus launch.

Stagecoach North East donated the retired bus, named Bluebell, to Daft As A Brush (DAAB) last year.

Since them it has undergone a major transformation, with the lower deck converted into a kitchen and office, while the top deck is now sleeping accommodation.

The fund runs a fleet of 26 ambulances and is supported by more than 350 volunteers to provide a free transport service to and from hospitals for outpatients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy treatment.

The tour will take an estimated two years and will include visits to cancer hospitals and schools along the route to help raise £4million.

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Dave Harrison, communications manager from DAAB, said: “Stagecoach North East has been fantastic donating the bus, which has now become Bluebell, and the advice and training it has given has been invaluable.

“It has provided great support for the charity in the run up to the launch and will continue to be part of the journey as Bluebell makes her travels around the country.”

Gary Chisholm, operations director at Stagecoach North East, said: “We are absolutely delighted to see Bluebell Bus now fully decked out and on her maiden voyage around Great Britain and Ireland.

“We were thrilled to be able to support the charity in this way. We wish the team the very best of luck on their journey and hope that they meet and even surpass their targets.”

For more information on the tour and to donate to DAAB, visit www.daftasabrushbluebellbus.org.uk