Sheffield’s “Man with a Pram” to receive honour by the city

A Sheffield man who has raised thousands of pounds for charity with his pram whilst donning a green wig is being awarded Freedom of the City.

John Burkhill, 80, affectionately known as “The Man with a Pram”, has raised nearly £500,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support through taking part in more than 1,000 organised races over the years.

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s people like John who make our city so great, he is a true reflection of Sheffield’s spirit and makes us all feel very proud.”

The Freedom of the City is an honour given by the council to a valued member of the community or to a visiting celebrity. Mr Burkhill will receive the award on Wednesday.

Although the title of “freeman” gives no special privileges, it is a public recognition of Mr Bukrhill’s years of charity fundraising.

Commenting on Facebook, Cath Mirfin said: “About time too . . . now all he needs is a ‘star’ outside the Town Hall”

Another user, Shakey Blade, said: “Now all he needs is a knighthood.”

He will join an exclusive club with only a handful of people to have been given the honour, including Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and Nelson Mandela.

Mr Burkhill celebrated his 80th birthday in January, but still has many more fundraising events planned for the future.