Give John Burkhill a star outside Sheffield town hall
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If you live in or around Sheffield, then you'll know John Burkhill! He's affectionately known as 'The Mad Man with The Pram' & for over 25 years, he has walked around the streets of Sheffield wearing his trademark Green Wig & 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. His current total stands at having raised £300,000 for Macmillan.
John sadly he lost his wife, June, to cancer & 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. He has now completed over 950 races for Macmillan, completing the Great North Run 22 times an incredible London Marathon – 15 times!
His amazing fundraising efforts were recognised as he has been 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.
So don't you think it's time he was given his own star outside Sheffield town hall? As a city it's the least we can do to thank him for all he does & have a life long acknowledgement in his home town.
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