Going daft for charity
Members of Embleton WI met in Creighton Hall for their July meeting, chaired by president Mrs Norma Ham.
Forthcoming events discussed included the September birthday party and the group meeting to be held at Howick. County and national events, many with emphasis on the centenary year, were also highlighted.
Members were brought up-to-date on discussions about the future of the local school, which is a matter of great concern.
Plans are in hand for the WI to be represented at the flower and craft festival to be held at the church in August.
The speaker for the afternoon, Brian Burnie, was introduced by Jean Cockerill. Brian, accompanied by two of his volunteers, had been invited to speak on his charity Daft as a Brush, Cancer Patient Care.
He began by speaking of his early life in Newcastle, his training in the ‘University of Life’ and the influence of three people, Daisy Clark of Morpeth with Charlie Bear project, Joan Pringle of Alnwick, and William Leach of Mitford.
The Daft as a Brush charity was set up with the aim of transporting cancer patients to hospital using a series of ambulances, each adopted by primary schools. The charity, run by three paid staff and 300 volunteers, eases the life of many cancer patients within the North East.
Future plans include a scheme to transport children from Yorkshire and Cumbria to Newcastle in a special ambulance. A national 49-mile walk is also a project in progress, and the prospect of increasing the area covered, and the number of patients cared for, is also a dream for the future.
A vote of thanks to Brian and his assistants was given by the president.
Tea and biscuits followed, with further opportunity for discussion on Daft as a Brush, as well as the taking of a group photograph with one of the specially-painted vehicles.
Before leaving, Brian judged the competition for a foxy item: 1 Norma Ham; 2 Marjorie Hopper; 3 Lynne Harris. The raffle winner was Carole Robson.