Charity unveils brand-new ambulance thanks to Primula donation


Last year, as part of our annual Christmas briefing, we surprised three local charities with a donation to support their fantastic work, including Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care (DAAB) which was nominated by Hannah Lister in Finance.

A whopping £25,000 was donated to DAAB which Derek Warren, DAAB trustee, said would go towards two state-of-the-art ambulances. The first of those ambulances, which has been lovingly-named Dunston Diamond by the children of Dunston Hill Primary School who have adopted the vehicle, has now been unveiled.

The brand-new £17k vehicle now joins a 27-strong fleet and is equipped with essential equipment including side steps for ease of entry, a folding wheelchair, SatNav, mobile phone and a tracker system to maximise utilisation.

On hand to present the ambulance to DAAB were members of our charity committee, including Paul Lewney, our MD, and co-chairs of the committee, James Annan and Hannah Lister, as well as three pupils from the Gateshead-based school. Martha, 9, Sophie, 10, and Amy, 12 each saw their own artwork unveiled on the back of the vehicle.

Paul Lewney, Managing Director at Kavli UK, said: “Creating profit that we can give away to support good causes is at the heart of everything that Kavli and Primula does and being able to offer donations and then see the result and the difference it will make first-hand, really makes all of the hard work put in by everyone at Primula worthwhile.”

“Daft as a Brush is an incredibly worthy cause and we know that this fantastic vehicle will make such a difference to people’s lives and will help the charity to continue to deliver their invaluable work.”

Brian Burnie, trustee and founder of Daft as a Brush, commented: “The donation from Primula last year was really unexpected and very much appreciated. We’ve been able to fund a brand-new ambulance which goes a long way to giving a helping hand to those who really need it.

“I’m delighted that we were able to give a sneak peek of the ambulance to everyone involved in getting it onto the road and seeing the children’s reactions to their artwork on the vehicle was brilliant. Showing them the ambulance means they can look out for it when they’re out and about with their families and friends and highlight not only our hard work, but theirs too.”

DAAB provides a free transport service to and from the Freeman and RVI hospitals in Newcastle for outpatients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy treatment.

Before it was debuted on the road, the ambulance was taken to Dunston Hill Primary School so that all the children in attendance could take a look at the vehicle, learn about the work the charity does and also learn about the importance of giving.