By fmttm
Wednesday 08 May 2019 17:37:00
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A colourdful display at a popular Middlesbrough park is raising awareness for a marathon charity fund-raising effort.

Last October Soroptimist International of Middlesbrough planted 500 bluebells in Albert Park in aid of Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care.

The charity provides custom-made vehicles to transport outpatients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy cancer treatment to and from hospital free of charge.

And at the weekend their efforts - with the help of Park Manager Tracy Roulston, One Planet Pioneer Casper Scallen and apprentices from Middlesbrough Environment City - were on show for all to see.

Albert Park bluebells

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Members of Soroptimist International Middlesbrough are joined by Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and representatives from Daft as a Brush for a bluebell viewing ceremony in support of the Bluebell Bus Challenge)

The bluebell viewing ceremony on Saturday (May 4) was the latest stage in an epic fund-raising challenge that has seen trustee Brian Burnie complete 3,000 miles of his two-year, 7,000-mile walk around the entire coastal path of Great Britain and Ireland.

Daft as a Brush spokesman Dave Harrison, who attended Saturday's event, said: "I was thrilled to be invited to this event by Soroptimist International, Middlesbrough.

"The planting of 500 bluebell bulbs in Albert Park is poignant reminder that Brian Burnie's epic walk to take Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care nationwide, is to create 1,000,000 free cancer patient journeys. 

"Each bluebell flower represents a single cancer patient journey - with bulbs sold all over the country, we're aiming to create a ‘carpet of blue'."

"On Brian's return at Christmas next year, we will begin setting up hubs all over Great Britain and Ireland.

"This would not be possible without the help and support of amazing people, such as the incredible members of Soroptimist International - on behalf of Brian and Cheryl Burnie, we are so grateful, thank you so much."

Albert Park Manager Tracy Roulston said: "The bluebells are always a popular sight in the Park, but this year they have a special significance.

"The Bluebell Bus coastal walk is a huge challenge in a great cause, and we're delighted to be able to play a part in such a worthwhile fund-raising effort."

Pam Cooper, President of Soroptimist International Middlesbrough, said: "We are so pleased that Daft as a Brush, which we have supported, is making life easier for so many cancer patients around the country by providing them with accompanied transport to and from their hospital appointments."

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