HE’S Sheffield’s beloved ‘mad man with the pram’ and his heart does not stop giving...
But on this occasion it was time for John Burkhill to be on the receiving end of a kind gesture - when he was handed a new pair of walking boots on completion of his latest charity challenge.
The super fit pensioner has just finished 1,000 miles of walking repeatedly between Asda supermarkets at Handsworth, Rotherham and Chapeltown, raising £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
To mark the end of his latest challenge bosses from Asda arranged for John, a familiar face in the area thanks to his decorated pram and bright green wig, to receive the present which they hope will help him as he continues to fundraise for Macmillan.
The 71-year-old from Richmond has devoted his life to the charity after his wife June died from cancer in 1989 aged just 55. A year later his daughter Karen died during a routine operation.
John, who is determined to complete 1,000 races in his lifetime and raise a quarter of a million pounds for the charity, said: “Thank you to all the wonderful Sheffielders who have helped me get well over half way in this challenge.
“We have got the best people in the country here - I know, because I have met so many of them.”
Rob Turner, fundraising manager for the charity, said: “It’s an amazing achievement by John to walk 1,000 miles and his commitment to the charity inspires so many people to go out and raise money for Macmillan.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/madmanwithpram to sponsor him.