Sign up for Sheffield ‘mad man’ John’s sponsored walk

John Burkhill sets off on his Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising walk from Ice Sheffield with the support of Rotherham Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Shaun and Mrs Lisa Wright, boxing's Brendan Ingle and other supporters.
John Burkhill sets off on his Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising walk from Ice Sheffield with the support of Rotherham Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Shaun and Mrs Lisa Wright, boxing's Brendan Ingle and other supporters.
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HUNDREDS of people dressed as Sheffield’s very own ‘mad pram man’ John Burkhill - that’s the vision behind the Macmillan Walk planned for the city this summer.

John has become a familiar figure in Sheffield, dressed in his green wig and pushing his pram around the streets of the city.

The 73-year-old, who has raised more than £150,000 for Macmillan, has always walked alone.

But now he is asking the people of South Yorkshire to don green wigs and join him for a one-off sponsored walk on Father’s Day.

John said: “The people of Sheffield are the best in the country.

“I’ve met so many of them and I would be so proud if all the people of Sheffield who have been affected by cancer would get behind me and Macmillan and join me in this walk.

“I’ve met a few characters in my time and have some amazing memories of the people I’ve met.

“But the sight of hundreds of Sheffielders joining me wearing those green wigs and hands would certainly bring a smile to my face.”

Walkers can do a three-mile or 10-mile walk on a circular route starting and finishing in the Don Valley Bowl on June 17. The walk explores the riverside and waterways of north east Sheffield.

John has been fundraising for Macmillan since he lost his wife June to cancer and his daughter, Karen, during a routine operation a year later. His prolific fundraising efforts have seen him chosen to carry the Olympic torch in Sheffield later this year.

Rob Turner, fundraising manager for Macmillan in Sheffield, said: “It’s estimated there are approximately 176,000 people in Sheffield living with cancer.”

To register for the Sheffield walk log on to www.macmillan.org.uk/sheffieldwalk or call 0300 1000 200.