Sheffield folk share their 2015 hopes and dreams

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From raising pounds to shedding pounds, today is the day people across South Yorkshire will set their goals for the year ahead.

Famous Sheffield charity fundraiser John Burkhill – known as the Mad Man With The Pram – has the ambitious New Year’s resolution of reaching his £1 million target for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The dedicated walker has already pledged to complete the new Sheffield Half Marathon in April.

John, aged 73, of Richmond, said: “I can’t thank people enough for helping me get to the half a million, next year I’d like to hit the million target if I can.

“I’ll be out with the pram at the end of this week - I’ve got snow chains on the pram!”

The profile of cycling in Sheffield had a major boost in 2014, with the Tour de France visiting in July and inspiring more people to saddle up.

But for Mick Nott, chairman of Cycle Sheffield, there is still more to be done.

He said: “My personal resolution is to lose weight but my political ambition is to get cycling properly on the map in Sheffield.

“We want to get the cycling network sorted out and carry on with our Space for Cycling campaign.”

And BBC TV’s Football Focus presenter Dan Walker, who lives in Hunters Bar, said his resolutions were to ‘raise £30,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, read the Bible and wear more hats’.

Kevin Bradley, director of the St Wilfrid’s Centre for vulnerable and homeless people on Queens Road, Highfield, said: “Mine is to build a dream in 2015 for St Wilfrid’s Centre and help the homeless.”

Coun Jillian Creasy, Sheffield Council Green Party member for Central ward said she was aiming to eat less dairy products.

Sheffield-based charity Cavendish Care, which supports 1,500 families affected by cancer every year, is encouraging people to make a change for charity.

June Smailes, chairman, said: “Whatever people decide to do, they can help a local charity at the same time.

“My resolution is to get out walking more.”

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