Exactly two years walking the country, 75 year-old Brian Burnie celebrates with ‘Pasties in Plymouth’
Brian Burnie is on a 7,000 mile walking challenge to expand the North-East charity he set up 10 years ago and bring free cancer patient transport all over Great Britain and Ireland. Brian is undertaking this epic charity walk to visit and encourage other NHS Trusts across the United Kingdom and the island Ireland to adopt the free service.
Beginning on 5th March 2018 at the Baltic in Gateshead, he’s walked over 5,100, worn out 7 pairs of boots and sent his step-counter into meltdown! Meeting with oncologists, politicians, Lord Mayors and well wishers, his quest to walk the entire coastal path or Great Britain and Ireland will continue until Autumn 2020.
Together with his wife, Cheryl, their home for the 3 year challenge is a converted double decker bus. On 5th March 2020, Brian, Cheryl and supporters enjoyed a pasty party on Plymouth Hoe Promenade to mark their 2nd anniversary on the walk.
The couple are receiving great attention from Mayors all over the country; Deputy Lord Mayor Terri Beer was impressed with Brian’s challenge; “Welcome to Plymouth, we’re delighted to have you here! We’re so grateful for the work you do for cancer patients, its privilege to have you here in Plymouth. Thank you also to your wonderful volunteers who work tirelessly to support cancer patients.”
Brian has met with many NHS Trusts; feedback to date has been exceptionally positive for the 75 year old who is dealing with Parkinson’s disease.
With around 1,900 miles still to go, Brian estimates his return to the North East will be this Autumn 2020 and his goal to help establish ‘Daft as a Brush’ hubs all over the country will begin in earnest.
Supplying the complimentary pasties on the day, owner Phil Abbott of Ivor Dewdney Pasties was happy to support the charity on their special anniversary “I am delighted and proud to support Brian, Cheryl and the Daft as a Brush team here today in Plymouth. We’re all enjoying pasties on-board Bluebell bus with many friends. I am astonished at the distance Brian has walked especially as he is dealing with Parkinson’s disease. It’s been my pleasure to support the team in Plymouth today.”
Brian isn’t holding back on his dream; “Let’s talk about what the real story is here, it’s not about Brian Burnie – it’s about providing free transport for cancer patients. About 10 years ago I identified patients’ suffer high stress and anxiety levels getting to and from hospital on a daily basis. I didn’t realise many patients with cancer also live alone. So you have two killer diseases; loneliness and cancer. And what it must be like to go to bed at night worried about how you will get to hospital the next day for treatment – that must be horrendous. So if we can expand what we do in the North-East all over the country, can you imagine the support Daft as a Brush could bring to over 1,000,000 cancer patients?”
Brian and Cheryl have further appointments with hospitals along South-Coast and will also present the ‘Daft as a Brush’ service at the House of Lords in June 2020 to all-party members.