Friday 13 July 2018  Issue No 2294

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“DAFT AS A BRUSH”

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Brian Burnie, ex-millionaire, sold all of his possessions to create the charity “Daft as a Brush” - Now he’s walking 7,000 miles around Great Britain and Ireland in the hope to take the free service nationwide!  His home for the next 2 years is a converted double-decker bus we’ve named ‘Bluebell’.

Brian has now walked 1,000 miles from Northumberland around Scotland – a massive achievement and ‘step forward’ for the 74 year old, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease.   Cheryl Finlay, who has been walking part of the way with Brian and staying with him in “Bluebell” said “We have passed Ullapool in the west of Scotland, the area is absolutely stunning; the beaches, lochs and mountains are breathtaking but Brian spends more time checking his maps than taking in the scenery! His regime of 15 miles per day, 5 days a week can be punishing but we’re all so proud of him reaching this milestone, what an achievement!”

This year with a team of 300 volunteers and 30 ambulances, the charity will be involved in circa 30,000 cancer patient journeys in the north east.

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Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care offers staffed custom-made vehicles to transport outpatients who are undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy cancer treatment to and from hospital, free of charge.

The service entails collecting and transporting the patients in a safe and comfortable environment, from where they are living and taking them to where they will be having their treatment. If required, staying with the patient whilst they have their treatment and then bringing them back home.

Brian’s dream is to create 1,000,000 journeys by opening hubs around the country expanding the service. After great meetings with Medical Professionals and MSP’s at Scottish Parliament, we’re confident Scotland will host the very first Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient ‘hub’.

You can discover more about the charity’s epic journey at www.bluebellbus.org.uk  Follow the adventure on Facebook and Twitter: Facebook: DAABBLUEBELLBUS | Twitter: @bluebellbus