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Yorkshire nominee speaks after missing out on Local Hero Award

Yorkshire pensioner John Burkhill missed out on the Local Hero Award at the Pride of Britain awards last night.

The 73-year-old is best known for his peculiar style of fundraising for charity Mcmillan Cancer Support. He is often seen with a green wig and pushing a pram for people to donate into around Sheffield streets. He has also ran over 800 races in the UK to raise money.

So far he has raised a grand total of £160,000. His love for charity work is in memory of his late wife who died from the disease and his daughter who passed away during a routine operation.

Pram pushing all the way around Sheffield

Man with the pram John Burkhill has finished the final leg of his latest pram push outside Sheffield Town Hall. There to greet him was former Minister for Sport Richard Caborn who called John a Sheffield icon.

John Burkhill with Richard Caborn Credit: Martin Fisher

John was recently chosen to carry the Olympic torch for his efforts raising thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer. His latest walk round every postcode in Sheffield has raised £11,000. Ultimately John aims to raise quarter of a million pounds for the charity and plans to keep on pushing the pram.

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