Charity gets bus firm on-board

Arriva North East has come up with a colourful way to support an epic walk in aid of cancer patients.

Thursday, 7th November 2019, 5:09 pm
Updated Friday, 15th November 2019, 8:39 pm
From left, Daft as a Brush operations manager Graeme Dixon, Arriva operations manager Stephen Humphrey and charity founder Brian Burnie. Picture by Tony Iley.

Brian Burnie founded the charity Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care, which transports North East cancer patients to and from hospital for their chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy treatments at no charge.

He is walking 7,000 miles around the coast of Great Britain and Ireland to raise funds and encourage other regions to start similar ventures.

The 75-year-old, who is dealing with the developing issues of Parkinson’s disease, is living on a double-decker bus for the two-year challenge with his wife, Cheryl.

In support of the mission to create 1,000,000 free cancer patient journeys nationwide, Arriva North East has come on-board by decorating a service bus in the charity’s distinctive banding.

Nick Knox, area managing director at Arriva, said: “Arriva North East is proud to support Brian by helping to raise awareness of his amazing world-record attempt and fantastic work that he is doing.

“Watch out for the Arriva Daft as a Brush bus on routes between Blyth and Newcastle.”

He has walked about 4,400 miles to date and the couple estimate to be back in the North East for Christmas 2020.

Brian said: “This bus is amazing and I really hope that passengers can share pictures and stories of their travels with us as I walk the coastal path of Great Britain and Ireland.

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