VIDEO: Sheffield walker John Burkhill receives British Empire Medal

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Sheffield charity walker John Burkhill dedicated his British Empire Medal to the people of the city when he was presented with the honour today.

The 74-year-old said it had been a ‘marvellous day’ after the ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall.

John Burkhill receives BEM at Sheffield Town Hall from the Lord Lieut of South Yorks David Moody

John Burkhill receives BEM at Sheffield Town Hall from the Lord Lieut of South Yorks David Moody

John, affectionately known as the ‘mad man with the pram’ for his daily walks around the city in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, has raised £230,000 for Macmillan with his fundraising.

Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire David Moody, who presented John with the medal on behalf of the Queen, said he was a ‘single minded, dedicated and highly effective fundraiser and PR merchant of the first order’.

John, who wore his traditional green wig and Macmillan t-shirt for the ceremony, said continued inspiration came from his brother Les, who is currently in the palliative unit at Northern General Hospital with cancer.

John added: “That’s why I can’t stop the fundraising.

“It’s been a marvellous day, I don’t think you can ever top something like this.

“The medal is dedicated to the people of Sheffield as much as it is for me.”

The BEM recognises meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the crown.

See tomorrow’s Star for more on this story.