Charity Boss restarts epic walking challenge from Teesside to Torquay fulfil his promise.

Brian Burnie

Despite already completing the full distance around Great Britain and Ireland, Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care founder Brian Burnie, 78, has re-started his epic charity challenge.

Walking the entire coast of Great Britain and Ireland, cancer charity founder, Brian, was stopped in his tracks by covid.

When forced to return to Newcastle, he completed most of the remaining miles during lockdowns with laps of his back garden and neighbouring golf course to cover the distance between Torquay and Middlesbrough.

Supported by the charity’s volunteers and well-wishers, Brian’s boots are walking again from James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough to Torbay Hopsital in Torquay. He plans to fully complete his challenge in September 2022. Brian’s dream is to take the North East charity nationwide to create 1,000,000 free cancer patient journeys.

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More as it happens!

We’ll be adding more to this page as Brian makes progress over the next few weeks.

For general media enquires and interviews, please contact the man himself: Brian Burnie 07889 224 957 or email us at

Listen to BBC Radio Tees catch up with Brian as he closes in on Kings Lynn -
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The latest walk updates....

Over the Humber Bridge with supporters, Brian Burnie has made it to Lincolnshire on his 8,000 mile charity walk!

Supported by the charity’s volunteers and well-wishers, Brian’s boots started walking the spectacular Humber Bridge and now they’ve made it past Boston, Lincolnshire, towards Kings Lynn! Congrats Brian and team!

It’s been a real pleasure to meet so many well-wishers and those with close associations to cancer, everyone expressing the need for a ‘Daft as a Brush’ cancer patient transport in their area.

More to come…

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Leaving Scarborough
Arriving in Hull

WOW!!! Brian’s FitBit has almost exploded! The 78 year old walked from Scarborough to Hull in ONE DAY! That's over 30 miles and over 6,000 calories (12 Big Mac burgers!)

Brian’s charity walk continues with an epic day walking over 30 miles. He left Scarborough in the early hours walking to Hull – Not bad for a pensioner with Parkinson’s. Very soon, he’ be crossing the Humber Bridge with supporters and volunteers.

More to come…


Friday 24th June, Daft as a Brush Boss Brian Burnie walked into Scarborough! Almost 21 miles walked from Whitby.

Another hot day for the 78-year-old charity trekker. Huge thanks to Daft as a Brush Volunteers Eddie Carson and Derek Wake for their support. Brian’s 1,000 mile challenge will reach the Humber Bridge mid-July!

More to come…

Brian has made it to Whitby! Walking from Middlesbro to Redcar and now Whitby. Today he’s walked over 24 miles to arrive in the Yorkshire seaside town by the 20-foot whale jaw bones.

A scorching day may seem like perfect walking conditions, but the 78 year old risks sunburn and exhaustion from the heat – We thank Daft as a Brush Volunteer Derek Wake for his companionship and support to Brian on this 1,000 mile challenge!!!!

More to come…

At Whitby
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