Congratulations to Sheffield’s ‘mad man with the pram,’ John Burkhill.

Posted on April 1, 2012


John Burkhill waving the England flag for the Olympics

John Burkhill waving the England flag for the Olympics

Written by Joanne Mascall

John Burkhill, wept at news of carrying the Olympic Torch.

The Olympic torch is coming to Sheffield and who better to carry it through the city than one of Sheffield’s best known local heroes the ‘mad man with the pram’.

John Burkhill, from Richmond, wept for joy when he was told he had been selected to carry the Olympic torch, when it comes to Sheffield ahead of this year’s Games in London.

Olympics 2012

Olympics 2012

The 73-year-old has raised more than £150,000 for Macmillan Cancer Charity, famous for walking miles around the city in his green wig and old pram, which he is set to show off on the Cities Olympic torch route, starting at Chapel Town and finishing at Hillsborough, on Monday June 25.

With over 1,300 people signing a petition, supported by Macmillan, calling for John to be given the honour of carrying the Olympic torch, he is sending a huge ‘Thank-you’ message to all residents, by walking 1,000 miles, through every District in Sheffield, before the Olympics begins.

John said: “This is a thank-you to every person that’s voted for me to carry the Olympic torch.”

“To be part of history, is something I can not put into words. I am not ashamed to say I cried when I found out, tears of happiness, that an ordinary Sheffield local like me could be chosen.”

To read more about Johns fantastic fund raising efforts see our previous post here.