Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Is He Daft as a Brush? Meet the Millionaire Trekking 7000 Miles for Charity; BRIAN BURNIE IS WALKING AROUND THE UK AND IRELAND TO PROMOTE HIS CANCER PATIENT CARE CHARITY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Is He Daft as a Brush? Meet the Millionaire Trekking 7000 Miles for Charity; BRIAN BURNIE IS WALKING AROUND THE UK AND IRELAND TO PROMOTE HIS CANCER PATIENT CARE CHARITY

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Byline: TONY HENDERSON Reporter ec.news@ncjmedia.com @Hendrover

MILLIONAIRE former hotelier Brian Burnie doesn't just talk the talk, he also walks the walk - as he is about to prove on an epic scale.

The Tyneside-based founder of Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care is to trek 7,000 miles around the coasts of Britain and Ireland to promote the charity and encourage its replication nationwide.

The charity, set up by Brian in 2010 after he left the business world, now operates 25 ambulances in the North East which, backed by 300 volunteers, provide free transport to hospital for cancer patients to receive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. Starting on March 5 next year, 73-year-old Brian will follow the coastal path around England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland visiting cancer hospitals and schools and staging promotional events along the journey which he estimates will take two years.

Stagecoach in the North East has donated a double decker bus, called Bluebell, whose lower deck will be converted into an office and the top deck will become sleeping accommodation.

Along the way it is hoped to raise PS2m for Daft as a Brush, PS1m for the Great North Children's Hospital and PS1m for research into Parkinson's - a condition which Brian is now dealing with himself.

The cost of the day-to-day running of Bluebell and the journey will be financed by Brian so that all donations raised will go to the good causes.

On the walk Brian will be accompanied on some stretches by cancer specialists and he will visit 300 schools, hospitals, all five parliaments and major landmarks.

He said: "We want to spread the idea and see similar ambulance services set up nationwide.

"We want to promote what we do in Newcastle and see a similar service, run by other regions, available to people across Britain and Ireland. …

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