Charity fund-raiser passes Berwick on his 7,000-mile walk

A fund-raiser who is trekking 7,000 miles around the coast of Britain and Ireland has crossed his first national boundary.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 14 March, 2018, 16:01
Brian Burnie in Berwick on his 7,000 mile walk around the coastline of Britain and Ireland.

Brian Burnie, founder of Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care, is taking on the hike to promote the concept of free transport for people undergoing cancer treatment.

With the support of Bluebell Bus and her travelling team, he aims to get the word out about how ‘HUBS can be managed and run locally, to create a Daft as a Brush Service in their locality and therefore collectively, provide nationally one million high quality cancer patient care journeys each year.

The 73-year-old started the walk in Newcastle earlier this month and has been making his way along the Northumberland Coast Path.

After visiting Holy Island yesterday, he made his way to Berwick this morning before continuing his journey to Eyemouth.

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“I’ve done just over 100 miles so far,” he revealed after stopping off for a quick sandwich on Berwick’s Old Bridge. “The body’s not too bad at the moment and I’m trying to look after my feet.

“It’s been quite a moving experience already and the good thing about the coastal path is that you see some absolutely beautiful places, some of which I never even knew existed.”

Brian, who set up the charity after selling Doxford Hall, will take two years to complete the walk. To donate, visit