A Daft Visit to GEMS
Four representatives from Daft as a Brush (a charity that brings people to hospital and back) taught us how this important local charity works when they came into school on Tuesday the 25 April.
Some of the Daft as a Brush Team
Four representatives from Daft as a Brush (a charity that brings people to hospital and back) taught us how this important local charity works when they came into school on Tuesday the 25th April.
Katherine works as a receptionist for the charity which is based very near our school on the Broadway roundabout. Jane works in the office and has been with the charity ever since it started. She explained that Daft as a Brush got its unusual name because the charity owner’s Mum kept saying daft as a brush about his neighbour and he gave the charity this name as a way of remembering his Mum. We were then introduced to Dave who has the most important job of transferring the patients to the hospital and back. He picks up people from as far away as Liverpool to north Northumberland. He then waits at the hospital until the patient is ready to go home. He has a very long working day. He wakes up at 4:00am and only gets home at 10:00pm! Michelle works alongside Dave as a companion. She talks to the patient and soothes them before their operation. This is a very important job. Imagine you had cancer and no one soothed you before your treatment how anxious and worried you might feel.
We think that this is a great charity and here in GEMS we will be fund-raising to help the charity to keep on doing its vital work. Our first event is ‘Daft Day’ on 25th May.
By Holly and Tarika, Year 5