Charity founder Brian Burnie walking the entire coast of the Island of Ireland on a six month, 2,000 mile challenge to promote free cancer patient transport.
He’s walked over 3,000 miles around the coastline of Scotland, Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside and North Wales. Last week Brian Burnie, 74, arrived in Dublin to continue his 7,000 mile walk around Great Britain and Ireland.
Recently married, Brian and Cheryl arrived in Ireland on their challenge to create one million free cancer patient journeys nationwide.
Departing Holyhead on-board Stena Line’s ‘Adventurer’, Brian met with Capitan John Hambley-Jones; “I am delighted to meet with Brian and Cheryl. On behalf of Stena Line and our entire crew, I would like to extend our best wishes to them both on this incredible 7,000 mile walking challenge. We look forward to hearing of their achievements on their return crossing, Autumn 2019.”
Brian met with Capitan John Hambley-Jones
North East based Daft a Brush Cancer Patient Care offers 30 staffed custom-made vehicles to transport outpatients, free of charge, to and from hospital, where they are undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy cancer treatment.
The charity provides 40,000 cancer patient journeys annually by 350 volunteers.
Brian is looking forward to this new chapter; “Who would ever have thought we’d be on the Stena Line Adventurer from Holyhead to Dublin? It’s quite stirring actually as I’ve now walked over 3,000 miles to this point. When we arrive in Dublin, I start walking anti-clockwise towards Belfast and around the island of Ireland. I feel this is a very special time for us – a new chapter of the walk begins. Ireland, here we come!”
Welcomed to Dublin by Ronan Tully – Head of Engineering, (left), Cheryl Burnie, Ray Connolly – Technical Manager – Engineering (right) at Bus Éireann and Brian Burnie
Brian and Cheryl are staying on a converted double-decker bus, ‘Bluebell’ has been accommodated by Bus Éireann in the centre of Dublin, Technical Manager – Engineering, Ray Connolly is happy to help; “When we first heard about Brian’s walk for cancer patients, we immediately wanted to offer support. The team at Bus Éireann are delighted to help in anyway we can and we wish Brian good luck walking the entire coastline of Ireland.”
Walking up to 20 miles a day is testing for Brian, who is also dealing with the effects of Parkinson’s disease. “I fully admit I have struggled at times, but chatting to people I meet and the support from my wife Cheryl, really keeps me motivated and determined.
We’re arranging appointments with Oncologists and Radiographers in Ireland to discuss the charity’s services and possible integration in the region. One thing I’ve heard so many times on the walk, is that patients struggle with transport to and from hospital on a daily basis. In the North East of England we’re part of their journey to recovery – let’s bring the free service to patients all over Great Britain and Ireland.”
Brian’s first experience of the coastal walk was from Dublin Port, Portmarnock to Skerries;
“The coastline is magnificent to walk, I’ve been blessed with amazing weather and I have met such lovely people on Bull Island, on the Cliff Edge Walk near Howth and at Skerries. Before I walked too far out of the City, I wanted to take an afternoon off to visit O’Connell Street, the Post Office and the Guinness Brewery. At Temple Bar, Cheryl and I enjoyed a glass of real Guinness with great hospitality. I am looking forward to walking back into Belfast, that will be another opportunity for a celebratory glass.”
Brian’s dream to create 1,000,000 free cancer patient journeys on his 7,000 mile walk is starting to take-shape. With over 3,000 miles walked, he’s prepared for 2,000 miles in Ireland and another 2,000 back to the North East in late 2020.
You can follow Brian’s walk and discover more at www.bluebellbus.org.uk
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