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Byline: Stuart Rust Reporter ec.news@trinitymirror.com

YOUNGSTERS had the chance to see their teachers lifted into the clouds in the name of charity.

The event saw Gosforth head teachers lifted up 110ft by a cherry-picker, while their pupils watched from below and sang carols alongside an organist.

As well as the teachers, members of the public, ex-cancer patients and even Santa Clause himself all had a go on the machine, giving PS5 to the charity for the opportunity to brave the lofty heights of the platform.

Brian Burnie, founder of Daft as a Brush, and the man who has become known as a saint after selling his multimillion pound home for the charity, was thrilled at the day's turn out.

He said: "It's been absolutely incredible and everybody's had a great time. "The people we sent up were yelling to go higher and higher and the kids loved watching their teachers go for it."

This is not the first time schools have pitched in to help the charity. Fifteen schools from the area have adopted ambulances used for driving patients to hospitals.

The adopted vehicles bear the school's name and are decorated and made unique by the children's artwork.

Brian said: "We've had great support from all of the schools both today and in the past few years. It's a brilliant way to bring them into the real world of giving and helping people."

Towards the end of the event, Margaret Aitman, from Gosforth, wife of a patient, David, who has received help from the charity, donated PS1,350 to be raised up by the cherry picker.

Brian was over-the-moon with the donation. He said: "We're extremely happy to receive a donation like this. The kindness of people is absolutely marvellous."

Daft as a Brush was established in 2009 and provides help for cancer patients, chauffeuring them to and from hospital. This year they topped their target of 6,000 journeys.

Karen Holmes, left, of St Oswalds Primary and Broadway East's Helen McKenna

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 5, 2013
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