Man with the pram treks 1,000 miles

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HE’S done it again!

Tireless fundraiser John Burkhill - known as Sheffield’s Mad Man with the Pram - has finished his latest charity walk, trekking 1,000 miles in less than two months.

John’s epic walk has so far raised more than £6,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, and he was cheered on to his finishing post outside The Star’s offices by Sheffield Wednesday’s mascot Ozzie the Owl.

The 72-year-old retired truck driver, from Darnall, set himself the target of raising £250,000 after he lost both his daughter Karen and wife June to cancer within months of each other.

Completing his latest challenge means John has now collected over £140,000 for Macmillan.

The pensioner still has four more buckets full of cash left to count from his 1,000-mile walk, taking the estimated total to around £8,000.

Rob Turner, fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: “It’s an amazing achievement by John to walk 1,000 miles. His commitment and determination to raise £250,000 for Macmillan are nothing short of inspirational.

“He is a great example of how you can make a difference, as all those miles he has walked, day after day, will help us to reach more people affected by cancer.”

Meanwhile a campaign to give John the honour of carrying the Olympic torch through Sheffield next summer is also gathering pace.

More than 500 signatures have been collected through an online petition calling for John to be a torchbearer, while hundreds of people have also added their names to a petition on the reception desk at Fir Vale Dental Centre.

To sign the online petition visit www.petitiononline.co.uk and search for John Burkhill.

He will find out whether he has been chosen next month.

Log on to www.justgiving.com/madmanwithpram to donate money.