Man With The Pram deserves a Star

John Birkhill
John Birkhill
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Further to my letter on August 5 regarding the recent shocking behaviour of so-called Rangers fans towards our very own renowned charity collector John “The Man With The Pram” Birkhill.

John attended the Ibrox Park, home of Rangers, on Saturday, August 12, to receive a cheque on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support collected by true football fans from an appeal made on the internet.

The full amount is not yet known as donations are still flooding in, but it is estimated to be well into a five-figure sum.

John also collected donations from the Rangers and Hibernian fans at the match, estimated to be in the region of several thousand pounds.

The donations filled three sealed buckets with as much money being donated in notes as well as coins.

Having watched the match from the stand with the rest of the fans, John thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere of the occasion.

John has said he was moved to tears by the warm-hearted and sincere reception he received from the fans of both teams.

It is amazing then that a man of John’s reputation and tenacity in his aim to reach £1 million for Macmillan Cancer Support has not been recognised by the city council for his worthy contribution to various charities over 50-odd years.

A Star on the Walk of Fame is little more than he deserves.

It has been said John is not nationally known. Well, I say he is known from Land’s End to John O’Groats, having walked it with his pram more than once for charity.

He has walked many marathons in various cities throughout the UK pushing his well-known pram and dressed in his green uniform and green wig. At all of these charity walks, John is instantly recognised as “The Man With The Pram”.

It is part of the criteria to be awarded a Star that the recipient must be Sheffield born and bred, which John certainly is.

If this is the case, why are there two names with Stars on the Walk of Fame who do not meet these criteria?

In fact, one of the names wasn’t born in the UK and the other was born in Manchester.

I say to the city council, stop making excuses and present a man who is knocking on the door of becoming an octogenarian a Star on the Walk of Fame.

T Curran