Sheffield ‘Pram man’ John’s Father’s Day invite

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Sons and daughters are invited to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday by joining Sheffield’s ‘mad pram man’ John Burkhill to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Macmillan Cancer Care hopes hundreds of people will follow familiar city figure John on a sponsored walk from Don Valley Stadium.

John, aged 73, has spent years walking the streets of Sheffield, pushing his trademark pram and wearing his green wig and has raised £150,000 for the charity.

And now he wants others to join his cause by putting on a green wig and following him on a 10-mile or three-mile walk around east Sheffield.

Gayle Truman, aged 32, of Hillsborough, will be doing the walk in memory of her father-in-law and grandfather who both lost their battles with cancer.

She and seven-year-old daughter Caitlin will don green wigs for the walk – and are taking the challenge a step further by painting their bodies green.

Also coming along will be her father, mother, sister and niece.

Gayle said: “My father-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer six years ago and we sadly lost him two years later – and we also lost my grandad a few years before that to cancer.

“Cancer has affected this family hugely and we all wanted to take part in this walk.

“My father-in-law and grandad would be so proud of us – the support we got from Macmillan really helped us through a difficult time.”

She added: “John gets up every day and walks hundreds of miles for Macmillan, collecting money to help others.

“I think he is a credit to the whole of Sheffield and I am proud to walk with him and help raise money for people who need Macmillan’s support.”

n To take part in the walk, which sets off from Don Valley Stadium at 9.30am, log-on to macmillan.org.uk/sheffieldwalk or call the events team on 0300 1000 200.