Star Sheffield fundraiser John Burkhill judges cake competition

John Burkhill judged a cake competition a ta  Sheffield accountancy firm.
John Burkhill judged a cake competition a ta Sheffield accountancy firm.
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Sheffield’s legendary fundraiser John Burkhill took a rest from his daily hikes for charity – to judge a baking competition for a good cause instead.

John – nicknamed the Mad Man with the Pram for his walks around the city in a green wig pushing a pram in aid of Macmillan Cancer Supoprt – gave his thoughts on the buns and cakes crafted for a Macmillan coffee morning at the Broomhill office of accountants Barber, Harrison and Platt.

The Richmond pensioner has raised more than £250,000 for the charity, through 900 races as well as his daily walks, after his wife lost her battle with cancer.

John said: “I’ve done many things to raise money for Macmillan, but this was a first even for me. It was a fantastic event to be part of and to see the effort people had gone to.

“It was brilliant and the money raised will help.”

Staff member Jenny Swire won the contest.

She said: “I never expected to win – I usually bake for fun, and thought I would give this a try.”

Over the next two years Macmillan is trying to raise an additional £2 million in South Yorkshire to improve cancer support services in the region.

Money will fund vital cancer services in Sheffield.