In an interview with The Independent today, Burnie says he hopes his gesture will be an example to other entrepreneurs. "It would be nice to think this will mushroom across the country," he says. "I would love to see other people following what we are doing. My wife thinks I’m mad… but I didn’t want to wait until I was 70 or 80 before it happened."
Proceeds from the sale of Doxford Hall will fund a Marie Curie or Macmillan cancer nurse for Northumberland, and a set of vehicles to take cancer patients to and from hospital.
It’s an issue close to Burnie’s heart. His wife contracted breast cancer four years ago but made a full recovery.
Brian Burnie, Real Business salutes you.
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