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Owls support famous macmillan fundraiser

10 October 2016


Sheffield Wednesday are pleased to support one of Sheffield’s most famous and recognised fundraisers in his launch of his autobiography, ‘Distance No Object.’

John Birkhill, more famously known in Sheffield as the ‘man with a pram’ has launched his new autobiography which will be available in the Owls Megastore.

In his book, John, aged 77 from Handsworth, who has a long history with Sheffield Wednesday and its supporters, tells readers about his unique story and about what led him to raise more than £350,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Every penny of the book’s profit will be donated towards John’s personal goal of raising £1 million for Macmillan.

John said: “It’s absolutely incredible to hold the book in my hands. I really hope people enjoy reading it. It’s something I’ve thought about doing for a long, long time. I’ve loved writing it.

“Most people know a little about why I do what I do – many think I’m completely barmy but there are things in this book which I’ve never really talked about publicly before which people often ask me about. This is my way of telling everyone where it all began, the challenges I’ve faced and why I love the people of Sheffield so very much.”

Over the years John has completed charity walks to and from Hillsborough to Bramall Lane to raise money for Macmillan and thanks Owls fans for their ongoing support.

Even at 77 years old, John spends almost every day walking around Sheffield collecting money for the cause closest to his heart. It’s an amazing level of dedication – and one inspired by a terrible personal tragedy.

But what’s the story behind John’s famous pram? To find out, you’ll have to pick up a copy of the book for yourself – and help John towards his million pound goal in the process.

‘Distance No Object: Sheffield’s Man with the Pram’ is available from Amazon and in the Owls Megastore at £9.99.


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