Monday, 17 May 2010

Arise, Lord Burnie

A Northumberland millionaire has sold his country estate near Alnwick, giving every penny of the proceeds to charity.

Brian Burnie put Doxford Hall Hotel and its 10-acre estate up for sale for £9m, pledging that the proceeds would go to fund cancer care in the region.

Mr Burnie said: "We live in a me, me, me society and it has always been important to me to think of others.

"We can all do something by leaving money to charity when we die, but why don't we do something while we are still living?"

He wants to pay for a Macmillan cancer nurse for north Northumberland and buy custom-made vehicles to take cancer patients to and from hospitals.

The father-of-three said he and his wife Shirley - a breast cancer survivor - would live on their private pension.

The Newcastle-born millionaire said: "After 17 years this is an important milestone for me and my family and of course we will be sad to leave.

"I've done the stately home bit - the bricks and mortar - but I've always been a people person. To be able to do something to help people has a much bigger return than any financial gain."

"You are what your parents are and you should never forget your roots - we were millionaires in kindness, not money."

Mr Burnie began his working life as a 15-year-old grocery delivery boy before beginning a student apprenticeship for builders John Laing.

Will he be in the honours list? No. The Mouth of the Humber, soon to become Lord of the Pies will instead.


Catflap said...

Prescott is a fat big gobbed bullying lying slag shagging money grabbing unprincipled son of a sister fucker.

thespecialone said...

It makes me bloody sick to the stomach to think that fat Prescott will be lording it over us for the rest of my life (Im about 20 yrs younger than him so I am assuming he will die before me). I fucking hate these socialists. Good on Mr Burnie.

hangemall said...

Ahh. Baron Lardbum of Melton Mowbray.

Ampers said...

Sorry OH, but I don't think you quite understand the Honours List.

You aren't made a peer of the Realm if you deserve it. Its there as an additional pension fund for people who help the government of the day, or their party.

So now you know :-)

yardarm said...

The Honours List isn`t there to reward the deserving; it`s there to reward supporters of the ruling elite, a purpose unchanged since William the Conquerer rewarded his supporters with confiscated Saxon estates.

Thanks for posting this OH. An issue very close to home for me. Why would a decent human being like Mr Birnie want to be associated with all the toadies, arse lickers, time servers, has beens and overpromoted hacks in the House of Lords ? eg; the flatulent nincompoop Prescott ?

Birnie gets a glass raised to him tonight from me.

Lutney Chocker said...

When the revolution comes, the honours list would be an excellent pool of talent to test out the guillotine.

Lutney Chocker said...

...but it might take a few goes to gut that fucker.

Kit said...

Maybe we can ask some Japanese Whalers to have a go.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mr & Mrs Burnie for a real act of charity. There'll be a toast to you both in my humble shack tonight too. Long life & good health to you both.

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