Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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A 74-year-old charity founder has arrived on Skye as part of a 7,000 mile-long charity walk.

Brian Burnie is aiming to take his charity, Daft As A Brush Cancer Patient care nationwide and establish free cancer patient transport.  

Brian stated: “The walk has been equally challenging as it has been rewarding.  From the snow and frost in March to the recent heatwave in July, I’ve been walking in all conditions. I’ve met some amazing people, many have offered me drinks and food to keep me going. The generosity of people has been truly moving.”

Daft As A Brush Cancer Patient Care has been hugely successful in the North East with over 300 volunteers operating 30,000+ patient journeys each year. Brian wants to expand the service throughout Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales. His aim is to create 1,000,000 cancer patient journeys nationwide.

During his walk, Brian has met with members of Scottish Parliament, medical professionals, cancer centres and patients to discuss the possibility of free cancer patient transport in Scotland.

Brian also said: “I am thrilled the concept of Daft as a Brush has been received so well by Scottish Health Authorities and Ministers. We are inviting Trusts to Newcastle to fully understand how the charity operates in October 2018 with a view to opening the very first Daft as a Brush ‘hub’ in early 2019. I am very excited at the idea of taking the charity all over Great Britain and Ireland.”


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