PUSHING through the pain barrier, the founder of a cancer patient transport scheme has achieved another milestone in his mission to spread the news about his charity.

Powering on despite fearing he had broken his foot, 75-year-old Brian Burnie celebrated completing the coast of Ireland during his ambitious 7,000-mile charity walk of the coast of the British Isles.

Mr Burnie founded charity Daft as a Brush, which transports North-East patients with cancer to and from hospital appointments, and he is undertaking the charity walk to encourage other regions across the United Kingdom to start similar ventures.

By completing the Irish coastline, he was 4,280 miles into the challenge.

He said: “The walk has been absolutely stunning in Ireland. I didn't know the Irish coast was so spectacular.”