Macmillan Cancer Support

Supporting John 'Man with the pram' Burkhill's magic million for Macmillan

Helping Sheffield fundraiser John Burkhill, reach his target of £1million for Macmillan Cancer Support ; doing whatever it takes for people living with, and affected by cancer. John wants to reach his target by his 85th Birthday 4/1/24
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John Burkhill affectionately known as 'The Man with The Pram' can be seen almost every day walking around the streets of Sheffield wearing his trademark Green Wig and Pushing a Pram around raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Whether it is pouring it down with rain, snowing or blistering heat...John is absolutely determined to be out there raising money to help people affected by cancer. He originally set a target of raising £250,000 for the charity but in 2013 he reached this goal and then immediately set his sights on raising £1 million.

John is now aged 84 and has been decorated with many awards - in 2021, even a film was made about his life

John sadly lost his wife, June, to cancer a year after they lost their daughter, Karen, during a routine operation (not cancer related). Since then, he has dedicated his life to raising funds for Macmillan having seen the support they provide, pushing his late daughters pram, bought in 1961. He has completed 1,037 races as of March 2023

Johns social media:

Twitter | @JohnBurkhillBEM

Instagram | @John_manwiththepram_Burkhill

Facebook |

His amazing fundraising efforts were recognised as he was chosen to carry the Olympic through Sheffield in 2012. In the New Year's honours list, John was chosen to receive the British Empire Medal for his services to charity in 2013. A second bar for the medal was awarded to John in 2021. He also received the Douglas Macmillan award for his services to Macmillan Cancer Support in 2013.

John received yet more nominations for awards in 2022, including BBC Sheffield's Make a Difference Award and a JustGiving Award for 'outstanding commitment'. John was over the moon to win the JustGiving award at the glittering ceremony in London in October 2022. In January 2023, John attended Westminster Palace to receive a 'British Citizens Award' for services to charitable giving. John's full title is now 'John Burkhill BEM Bar, BCAv'!

About the charity

Macmillan Cancer Support

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At Macmillan, we will move mountains to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can. We’re doing whatever it takes. But without your help we can’t support everyone who needs us. To donate, volunteer, raise money or campaign with us, call 0300 1000 200 or visit

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