All aboard the Puffin Express

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PUPILS at a north Northumberland school will get to meet their newly-adopted ambulance tomorrow.

Children at Seahouses First School will meet the new Daft as a Brush ambulance, which they have named The Puffin Express, when the charity’s founder Brian Burnie will visit the school.

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care transports cancer patients who require chemotherapy or radiotherapy, free of charge to and from hospital appointments in customised seven-seat ambulances staffed by volunteers.

Each ambulance is adopted by a first or primary school in the North East and Mr Burnie had visited Seahouses First School last month with Rainbow, an ambulance adopted by All Saints First School in Morpeth, so the pupils could get a feel for what theirs would be like.

The pupils and staff chose the name for their ambulance, designed the artwork for the tailgate and put together a booklet for patients all about their school.

All ambulances are staffed by volunteers.

Anyone interested can contact the charity on 0191 2328999, visit or the offices in Hood Street, Newcastle during office hours.