Brian (75) on the road to raise issue of cancer transport

75-year old Brian Burnie (left) is taking part in a 7,000km walking challenge around Ireland and Great Britain to highlight the need for free cancer patient transport. Photo by Joe Hanley
75-year old Brian Burnie (left) is taking part in a 7,000km walking challenge around Ireland and Great Britain to highlight the need for free cancer patient transport. Photo by Joe Hanley

Fergus Dennehy

Any eagle eyed walkers on Joe Joe Sheehy Road might have spotted a rather peculiar looking bus parked up up at the station for the last number of days.

No, Bus Éireann haven't received a makeover, instead this blue bus has been home to 75-year-old Brian Burnie who for the last few months has been taking the long way around Ireland and Great Britain, all in an effort to highlight the need for free transport for cancer patients.

Brian has currently walked just over 3,600 miles around the coastline of Scotland, Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Wales and made his way into Kerry in the first week of August.

Brian has been living in his 'Daft As A Brush' bus - nicknamed 'Bluebell' - in the Tralee bus station for the past week or so where he is supported by his proud wife Cheryl.

Leaving Tralee, Brian will be taking in Killarney as well before moving on to Cork and back to Dublin once more inmid-September.

The Ex-millionaire gave it all away to start the North East of England based charity, 'Daft a Brush Cancer Patient Care'.

The charity offers cancer patients free transport to and from hospital, who are undergoing Chemotherapy and/or Radiotherapy cancer treatment. The charity provides 40,000 cancer patient journeys annually by a team of 350 volunteers and was set-up by Brian in 2010.

"The walk has been absolutely stunning in Ireland. I never knew the Western Coast was so spectacular - I'm really looking forward to walking the beautiful headlands of County Kerry," he said.

For more on Brian's walk., head over to www.bluebellbus.org.uk.

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