charity fundraiser John Burk- hill has devoted his life to money-spinning activities and today is recognised with the award of a British Empire Medal.
The pensioner from Sheffield has covered thousands of miles in walks, marathons and half-marathons and for most of his exploits has pushed a 1950s pram, becoming a familiar sight in Steel City where he this year also carried the Olympic Torch.
Many of his walks have also been long-distance efforts, returning to Sheffield from places as far afield as Blackpool and Land’s End.
He said he had been left in tears at the award which was a “great great honour” but his fundraising would have been “impossible” without the generosity of so many people.
“I don’t think I will ever stop – I’ll keep going until I can’t walk any more,” he said.
He has raised cash for various charities ranging from a local dogs home to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
He raised more than £10,000 by running 10 marathons for Children in Crisis and has collected more than £130,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support towards a target of £250,000.
He also makes a daily visit to the palliative care unit at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital to raise patients’ spirits.