SHEFFIELD’S ‘mad man with the pram’ John Burkhill has a whole group of young new recruits.
The 73-year-old veteran charity fundraiser took Stradbroke Beavers and Cubs for a walk around Stradbroke Primary School.
John has walked thousands of miles across Sheffield to raise more than £150,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support since his wife June and daughter Karen died from cancer.
And he persuaded the group, aged six to 10, to join him walking laps around the school’s playing fields.
Beaver leader Andy Reynolds said: “It went really well - it was great fun and we had a really good laugh.
“We haven’t had all the money in yet but we think we’ve raised at least £500.”
John, from Richmond, visited the cubs and beavers as part of his mission to walk through every district in Sheffield to say thank you to residents for nominating him to carry the Olympic torch through the city on June 26.
Andy added: “Every child had a go pushing John’s pram and wearing the green hand, and everyone got a high five.
“Everyone had a really good time, it was fantastic.”
People of all ages have a chance to join John in his fundraising mission on Father’s Day, June 17, when he will lead the charity’s Sheffield Walk starting from Don Valley Bowl.
There are 10-mile and three-mile routes to choose from, and Macmillan Cancer Support is encouraging walkers to don green wigs and hands and dress up as John for the day.
The walk explores the riverside and waterways of north east Sheffield.
Registration on the day opens at 8am, with the walk starting at 9.30am.
n To register for Macmillan’s Sheffield Walk log on to macmillan.org.uk/sheffieldwalk or call 0300 1000 200 from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.