John Burkhill, is affectionately known as 'The Man with The Pram' walks 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 for the charity.
“Even the Queen thinks I am barmy.”
We should also mention that John, from Handsworth in Sheffield, is now aged 79.
John sadly he lost his wife, June, to cancer and his daughter, Karen, during a routine operation a year later (this was not cancer related). Since then, he has dedicated his life to raising funds for Macmillan having seen the support they provide. This year he has completed his 1000th race.
His amazing fundraising efforts were recognised as he was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in Chapeltown on 25 June 2012.
And in the New Years honours list John was chosen to receive the British Empire Medal for his services to charity in 2013.
He also received an the Douglas Macmillan award for his services to Macmillan Cancer Support in 2013.
“The hardest part some days is thinking can I go out and do this, but what keeps me going is a few years ago, I was pushing my pram on a thousand mile walk, part of the Sheffield Star walk. This car stops and I see this young girl in the front, who is obviously ill, surrounded by oxygen tanks, I stopped to let her put money in my bucket and gave her a high five, with my big green foam hand, her little face lit up.
“As I walked away, her dad got out the car, crying, and explained she had leukemia, he said, “She’ll be talking about that for days to come, you made her so happy”. That, I’m not ashamed to say, made me cry and whenever I am having a bad day I just think of her face and it drives me on.”
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