Parkinson’s wont stop 75 year old Brian Burnie as he continues his ‘world record’ charity walk; now along the coastline of Wales
Founder of the charity ‘Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care’, Brian Burnie is on an epic two and a half year, 7,000 mile walk around the coastline of Great Britain and Ireland to highlight the transport issues faced by cancer patients and to take the charitys’ free service nationwide - all the while, living in a double decker bus!
He’s walked an incredible 4,400 miles to date; beginning on 5th March 2018 at the Baltic in Gateshead, through Northumberland, the entire coastline of Scotland, Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside and North Wales to Dublin in early April 2019. For the last six months, Brian has been walking the island of Ireland, meeting with doctors, oncologists, politicians, all the Lord Mayors and hundreds of well wishers, many with close association with cancer.
The North East based charity, ‘Daft a Brush Cancer Patient Care’ offers cancer patients free transport to and from hospital, who are undergoing Chemotherapy and / or Radiotherapy cancer treatment. In 2018, the charity completed some 40,000 patient journeys with a team of 350 volunteers.
Brian has found great similarities with the transport difficulties faced by cancer patients in Wales to those in the north east of England; “I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some incredible people, many with first-hand experience of cancer and the daily struggle of getting to and from hospital. It’s an issue that effects so many patients, no matter where they live. The feedback I’ve received about the Daft as a Brush service has been incredible.
We’ll be in Aberystwyth by this weekend, with ‘Bluebell Bus’ parked at Mid Wales Travel depot. I have walked from Holyhead, towards Dwyran, over the Britannia Bridge around the Llŷn Peninsula to Porthmadog. We enjoyed a super welcome at Portmeirion with Meurig Jones, the Locations Manager. I am looking forward to meeting more people in Wales on my walk and highlighting the essential need for free cancer patient transport in the country.”
Image:Brian with Les Burton, Operations Manager - Arriva Buses Wales looking after Brian, Cheryl and Bluebell Bus!
Brian and his wife, Cheryl have passed the half-way mark on their two-and-a-half year, 7,000 mile challenge. Their mobile home, a double decker bus donated by Stagecoach called “Bluebell”, has been generously accommodated by Arriva Bangor and in Aberystwyth, Mid Wales Travel have offered their depot to the charity trekker.
Cheryl Burnie is thrilled with the support; “The bus industries in England, Ireland, Scot- land and Wales have been unbelievable. They’ve helped us so much and have been so kind, we can’t thank them enough. It’s very touching. I know Brian is very excited about possibility of bringing free cancer patient transport to Wales.”
Brian’s 7,000 mile walk is becoming even more of a challenge with the developing symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Stiff muscles, rigidity and slow movement make it harder to take normal steps, but the 75 year old is determined to complete his odyssey.
Gruff Owen - Wales Coast Path Officer, “We would like to welcome Brian to the Wales Coast Path on his phenomenal journey of 7,000 miles around the British Isles for
cancer patients. It's amazing work he is doing and we wish him lots of luck!”
The walk will continue through towards Cardiff, where Brian has an appointment with the Velindre Cancer Centre and will also meet with the Lord Mayor - Councillor Daniel De’Ath, before crossing to Bristol and heading south west to Land’s End. They estimate to be back in the North East for Christmas 2020, returning via the east coast clocking up 7,000 miles walked.
By late 2020, Brian may also be a World Record holder - An application for a new World Record has been made for the ‘Oldest person to walk the coastline of Great Britain and Ireland.’ Brian is funding the walk privately to ensure all monies raised go directly to helping cancer patients all over Great Britain and Ireland.
You can follow Brian via GPS and discover more at: www.BluebellBus.org.uk
Learn more about Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care at www.DaftasaBrush.org.uk
Who are Daft as a Brush?
Daft a Brush Cancer Patient Care offers staffed custom-made vehicles to transport outpatients, free of charge, to and from hospital who are undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy cancer treatment. The charity provides some 40,000 cancer patient journeys each year operated by over 350 dedicated volunteers.
The service entails collecting and transporting patients in a safe and comfortable environment from where they are living to where they will be having their treatment. If required, a volunteer companion will stay with the patient during their Chemotherapy and / or Radiotherapy. We return the patient to their home in readiness for their next course of treatment.
Founder, Brian Burnie is promoting the Daft as a Brush Charity nationwide by walking 7,000 miles around the entire coastline of Great Britain and Ireland in 2 and a half years, with a converted double decker bus called ‘Bluebell’ as his home. On his return, the charity aims to create over 1,000,000 cancer patient journeys, nationwide.
Further information available at www.daftasabrush.org.uk
Discover Brian Burnie’s 7,000 mile walk at www.BluebellBus.org.uk
Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care, Daft as a Brush House,
Great North Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 2DR
Tel: 00 44 191 28 55 999
Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care is a registered charity No. 328432. Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No. 2333474.
Press release distributed by Pressat on behalf of Bluebell Cancer Patient Care, on Wednesday 13 November, 2019. For more information subscribe and follow https://pressat.co.uk/