Sheffield’s most-famous charity campaigner has launched a new mass walk – and said ‘every penny counts’ in the fight against cancer.
John Burkhill, known as the Mad Man With The Pram for pounding the city’s streets to collect cash every day, spoke as he launched a new mass walk which will boost the coffers of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The 77-year-old kicked off the appeal to find walkers for the Miles for Macmillan stroll at Clumber Park in September by meeting staff at Boots on Fargate who have already signed up.
John, who lost his wife to cancer and has raised more than £135,000 for Macmillan through hundreds of races, said: “The aim is to raise as much as we can for Macmillan – and every penny counts.
“We’ll take anything as long as it makes money for Macmillan, they are very special people.
“Put it this way, if we make five pence for Macmillan it’s five pence more than Macmillan had the day before.
“We want to get as many people taking part in this as we can.
“I know the people of Sheffield will get behind it because they’re the best in the country.
“We all do our bit and as long as I can put one foot in front of the other I will be walking for Macmillan.”
Registration is open for the family-friendly mass walk, including a three mile and eight-mile course, on Saturday, September 7.
Miles for Macmillan is a series of sponsored walks in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Boots workers donned green wigs and Macmillan T-shirts to launch the event.
Employee Sarah Middleton, 45, of Richmond, said: “My dad and father in law both died of cancer.
“I think taking part in walks like this does help because you see other people who have lost a loved one so you know you are all together in the same position.”
n To sign up for Miles Macmillan - Clumber Park, call 0300 1000 200 or visit Miles for Macmillan