Brian is added to Walk of Fame for his charity efforts

Brian Burnie in Berwick on his 7,000 mile walk around the coastline of Britain and Ireland.
Brian Burnie in Berwick on his 7,000 mile walk around the coastline of Britain and Ireland.

An intrepid fund-raiser, who is currently walking around the coast of Great Britain and Ireland, has been honoured with a prestigious award.

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.

The 73-year-old, who has Parkinson’s disease, set up the charity after selling Doxford Hall.

Now, it has been announced that Brian has received a coveted NewcastleGateshead Local Heroes Award, as voted for by the public to recognise people who have made a significant contribution to the region.

A bronze plaque bearing his name has been installed along NewcastleGateshead’s riverside Walk of Fame – joining the likes of Alan Shearer and Sting.

Brian’s epic 7,000-mile walk will take him more than two years to complete and he is being joined along the way by colleagues.

He is currently in Scotland. To donate, visit www.daftasabrush.org.uk