Fundraising delight for local family

Over 200 people attended a charity Ball held in memory of local student Richard Pover who sadly died of cancer five years ago.

The event raised a fantastic £8,000 towards their current target of £50,000, to establish the Richard Pover Scholarship at the University of Sheffield where Richard was studying mechanical engineering.  His family hope the award will keep Richard’s memory alive in the place that he loved, while helping other students with their career in mechanical engineering.

Richard died of cancer in 2013 aged 21 and since his death his family and friends have raised almost £80,000 for a number of cancer charities by completing a variety of challenges, including a 24 hour, 63 mile walk from Sheffield to Tarporley on the 1st anniversary of Richard’s death, which raised funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit in Sheffield where Richard was treated.

The family’s greatest wish was to set up an award at the University of Sheffield, where Richard was so happy, that would enable other mechanical engineering students to go out into the world and make their mark as engineers as Richard would have done. The scholarship will support one student throughout their studies in mechanical engineering and as one student finishes their degree another student will be chosen for the award. Recipients will be given information about the background of the award so they will know Richard’s story. The scholarship will run indefinitely and will ensure that Richard is never forgotten.

Alongside this there will be a smaller annual award for a student who has excelled in their non-academic contribution to the department.

The family wish to thank all those who attended on the night, friends who helped to decorate the function room and the numerous local businesses that donated raffle and auction prizes.

Richard’s mum Anne said ‘It was a wonderful night which surpassed my expectations. We raised far more money that I could ever have hoped for and we have received numerous messages since the evening from people telling us how much they enjoyed the Ball. Richard would have been astonished that we had raised so much money in his memory. It was particularly poignant to see so many of his friends there too.’

If anyone wishes to support the family please visit the Just Giving website and search for ‘Rememberingrichardpover’