Unsung heroes scheme launched in Sheffield after John Burkhill star petition

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A petition with 9,000 names urging council chiefs to honour Sheffield icon John Burkhill has led to a ‘civic award scheme’ being relaunched

Organisers of the online petition wanted the Macmillan fundraiser – known as the mad man with the pram – to get a star on the walk of fame outside Sheffield Town Hall.

The petition was submitted yesterday, when council chiefs announced they would run a new scheme to honour ‘unsung heroes.’

It is understood Mr Burkhill would not meet the Sheffield Legends walk of fame criteria of having ‘national, preferably international’ repute.

People who have their name on the walk of fame include Olympic heptathlete Jessica Ennis and actor Sean Bean.

Oughtibridge mum Cath Fletcher, who started the petition for John to get a star on the walk of fame, said: “I would be disappointed if John didn’t get a star on the walk of fame but I will be pleased that he will get some recognition – they haven’t ruled that out to be fair.

“He deserves a star really. In my eyes the other people on that walk of fame have done what they did for themselves, for personal gain.”

She added: “He he has done it all for other people.”

Grandad John, aged 75, of Richmond, is aiming to raise £1 million for Macmillan after his wife June died of cancer . He has met the Queen, received a British Empire Medal and carried the Olympic Torch.

Coun Julie Dore, council leader, said: “We are very much aware of the tremendous fundraising work carried out by John Burkhill.

“I can announce we will be re-launching the civic awards scheme to honour these ‘unsung heroes’ who play such a valuable part in our local society – often without any acknowledgement.”

Civic award winners will be nominated by local people and thanked by the Lord Mayor in recognition.