Blades Legend Tony Currie’s message of support as John Burkhill takes charity bid to Bramall Lane

Sheffield’s famous ‘Man with the Pram’ is set to take his charity fundraising to the match tomorrow.
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John Burkhill has been invited to visit Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane to continue his push to raise £1 million for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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The Blades have granted him permission to have his pram, and 20 volunteers with buckets at the ground today.

John Burkhill has been invited to visit Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane to continue his push to raise £1 million for Macmillan Cancer Support. Tony Currie has given him a message of supportJohn Burkhill has been invited to visit Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane to continue his push to raise £1 million for Macmillan Cancer Support. Tony Currie has given him a message of support
John Burkhill has been invited to visit Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane to continue his push to raise £1 million for Macmillan Cancer Support. Tony Currie has given him a message of support
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Blades legend Tony Curry wished him good luck raising £1million. “That’s from everyone at Sheffield United, the whole lot of us,” he said. To donate to John’s appeal, you can Justgiving.com/madwalker or text PRAM to 70550 to donate £5

John, from Handsworth, who has raised nearly £1 million for Macmillan Cancer Support, and was named the winner of the Outstanding Commitment award in last week's JustGiving Awards.

John has raised hundreds of thousands for Macmillan over the years by completing more than 1,000 races while pushing his daughter’s pram along wherever he goes, earning him his nickname.

Fundraising took on a whole new meaning for John when he lost his wife, June, to cancer and his daughter, Karen, just a year later.

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He then made it his mission to do all he could to support Macmillan, and has since been raising money for them for the last 14 years.

His first target was to raise £250,000, but he has been so relentless in his fundraising that he is now eyeing up the £1m mark. He was awarded the Freedom of the City in 2019 after having at that stage raised £750,000 for the charity.