Pram man visits all city postcodes to say thanks

Pictured is John Birkhill setting off on his next 1,000 mile walk from Sheffield Town Hall,being helped off by Richard Caborn
Pictured is John Birkhill setting off on his next 1,000 mile walk from Sheffield Town Hall,being helped off by Richard Caborn

THANK you Sheffield!

That’s the message John Burkhill is sending to all its residents – by walking through every district in the city.

The grateful ‘mad man with the pram’ is carrying out his latest 1,000 mile challenge after being chosen to carry the Olympic torch when it comes to Sheffield ahead of this year’s London games.

He set off from Sheffield Town Hall in S1 on Monday and aims to walk about 15 miles in every postcode before the games begin.

John, aged 73 and of Richmond, said: “This is a thank you to every person that’s voted for me to carry the Olympic torch.

“Without Sheffield folk doing that I wouldn’t have been able to.

“It is just wonderful to imagine.”

And the torch may even come to Sheffield a little early – as John hopes to be carrying a replica on his city tribute.

Former Sheffield Central MP Richard Caborn wrote to the Olympic authorities to get the replica.

It is hoped John’s latest walk will also boost his lifetime ambition of raising £250,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

He started fundraising after wife June and daughter Karen died from cancer within months of each other.

John, who was walking in Hillsborough yesterday, said: “I have a great ambition that meeting the target might happen this year.

“It is a massive amount which started as a dream but is looking like reality.”