NO matter the weather, he pushes a pram around the streets of Sheffield, wearing his green wig and waving a giant Macmillan foam hand.
So far John Burkhill, aged 73, has walked alone over thousands of miles to raise money for people affected by cancer.
But now The Mad Man with the Pram, as he is affectionately known, is looking for 200 Sheffielders to join him on one of his next ventures.
He is leading three- and five-mile circular walks around Sheffield on Sunday, June 17, Father’s Day, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, starting and finishing in the Don Valley Bowl and exploring the riverside and waterways. P
articipants will even be able to buy foam hands and green wigs so that they can look like the man himself.
John, who lives in Richmond, said: “The people of Sheffield are the best in the country. I’ve met so many of them and I would be so proud if all the people of Sheffield who’ve been affected by cancer would get behind me and Macmillan and join me in this walk.
“I’ve met a few characters in my time, have some amazing memories of the people I’ve met, but the sight of 200 Sheffielders joining me wearing those green wigs and hands would certainly bring a smile to my face.”
John lost his wife, June, to cancer and his daughter, Karen, during a routine operation a year later. He has dedicated his life to Macmillan for 20 years and has raised over £150,000, completing 870 races including the London marathon 22 times. He has been chosen as one of Sheffield’s Olympic torch carriers.
Macmillan fundraising manager Rob Turner said: “John is an absolute inspiration.”
Visit macmillan.org.uk/sheffieldwalk or call 0300 1000 200.