DEDICATED Sheffield fundraiser John Burkhill has walked 500 miles for charity - and he is determined to walk at least 500 more.

John Burkhill at 72. John Burkhill  finishes his  510mile   walk for Macmillan Cancer  Support at 72.

John Burkhill at 72. John Burkhill finishes his 510mile walk for Macmillan Cancer Support at 72.

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Miles walked on John’s latest challenge around the streets of Sheffield.

Popular John, known well in the city as the ‘mad man with the pram’, finished his latest month-long trek raising cash for Macmillan Cancer Support on his 73rd birthday.

By walking a 15-mile circuit in all weathers every day he has just about hit the £150,000 mark of his £250,000 target.

John started fundraising after wife June and daughter Karen died from cancer within months of each other.

John, of Richmond, said: “It’s was a tremendous day when I finished. While I can still put one foot in front of the other I’ll keep doing it.

“The people of Sheffield are out of this world, they’re the best in England. They kept stopping me to give money and I had great support everywhere I have been.

“I will soon be out again with my pram, I will never stop until I get that magic quarter of a million.”

A big birthday cake and celebrations greeted John at Singh’s Premier store on the Manor as he finished the final leg of his journey.

Since December 1 he has walked from The Star offices to Premier branches across Hillsborough, Shirecliffe, Longley, the Manor and back as shop owner Mandeep Singh Khaira backed the walk.

All Christmas tips from the shops have been donated as well as money raised through collection tins and a raffle.

John totted up a total of 510 miles and raised £6,000.

He has now collected almost £150,000 by taking part in runs, marathons and walks with his pram and green wig.

Rob Turner, fundraising manager for Sheffield, said: “It’s an amazing achievement, and he is an example of how people go out and make a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.

“On this challenge, not only has he raised around £6,000 which would fund a Macmillan Nurse for six weeks, he’s inspired other people to go out and support the charity.”

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