John Burkhill’s famous pram given new lease of life by kind shop staff

Nigel Smith (c), sales and service person from Wicker Mobility Shop, with Danny (l) and John Burkhill after they repaired John's 55-year-old pram, which has travelled millions of miles as part of his fundraiser events, for free. Picture: Andrew Roe
Nigel Smith (c), sales and service person from Wicker Mobility Shop, with Danny (l) and John Burkhill after they repaired John's 55-year-old pram, which has travelled millions of miles as part of his fundraiser events, for free. Picture: Andrew Roe
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It is one of Sheffield’s most familiar sights - charity legend John Burkhill pushing his daughter’s pram around the city’s streets and fundraising events.

But after millions of miles, the 55-year-old pram has been given a new lease of life after needing some serious repairs.

John - nicknamed the Mad Man With A Pram - has raised hundreds of thousands for Macmillan after his wife June died of cancer, followed by his daughter Karen.

He has pushed his daughter’s pram around hundreds of races over the years to help promote his cause.

But after the axle broke on the pram recently, kindly staff at The Wicker Mobility Shop got to work repairing it for free after taking off tape that was holding it together and finding a series of problems.

The pram is now back on the road, helping John with his fundraising efforts.

John said he was grateful to the shop due to his emotional attachment to the pram.

He said: “It is 55 years old and was my daughter’s pram. It has done millions of miles. I have been shoving it around since the 1960s and 1970s. They have done a really good job.”

One of the shop’s workers Nigel Smith did many of the repairs in his spare time.

Daniella Lindores, from the shop, said: “We knew what John was about but didn’t know his story until he came in. He is a great man.”