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Happy 80th birthday to the man with the pram

Happy 80th birthday to the man with the pram

John is one of Sheffield's most famous local heroes - known throughout the city for his fundraising walks for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Speaking about John and the hard work he has done over the last 30 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.

For more than 30 years he has tirelessly put his heart and soul in to raising money for Macmillan, taking part in more than 1000 organised races with his distinctive green wig and pram, braving the hills of Sheffield and beyond in all kinds of weather. He is known and loved across the city, in fact never have we received so many nominations for someone’s efforts and contribution to be recognised.

In 2015 following a huge public appeal, John, alongside a host of celebrities, hit the big switch for Sheffield's Christmas Lights and just one month later he was honoured in our first ever Civic Awards ceremony, a truly well-deserved acknowledgement of his determination.

On behalf of everyone at Sheffield City Council, it is my absolute pleasure to wish John a happy 80th birthday and to give our thanks for all his hard work.