Successful twin events in support of Richard Pover memorial fund
In 2015 a scholarship fund was established by the parents of Richard Pover, a Mechanical Engineering alumnus, and thanks to their most recent event they have now raised over £17,500.
On Sunday 21 February the Pover family, together with members of the Development, Alumni Relations and Events team, hosted the first of two fundraising curry nights here in Sheffield. The event in Sheffield was made all the more poignant being hosted in the Aagrah restaurant, the same location as Richard’s last night out with his friends.
The evening was a wonderful way to remember Richard and to raise money towards his scholarship fund. Members of Richard’s friends and family, along with guests from across the University as well as Sheffield cancer support group the Sheffield Cancer Mafia joined together for the event. As well as contribution from the cost of the meal a raffle was also held, with just short of £300 raised on the night.
The second event held a few days later in Richard's home town of Tarporley was equally well received, with over 70 attendees at the Red Fox restaurant. Donations from the evening's raffle and meal rasied over £660, bringing the total for the two events to just short of £1000 towards Richard's memorial fund.
Richard’s mother Anne thanked everyone who attended and expressed the challenge it was recreating Richard’s last night:
“It was really hard being there while knowing it was the scene of Richard's last big night out with his mates, but I'm sure he would be glad we went.”
Dave Meadows from the University of Sheffield who has been supporting the Pover family in their fundraising said:
“The curry nights were a terrific opportunity to bring people together to remember Richard Pover and to help the family take a step closer to their £30,000 fundraising target. Thank you to everyone for your support.”
Richard Pover was diagnosed with testicular cancer in November 2011, during the third year of a four year MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield.
Despite extensive treatment with different regimes of chemotherapy and three major operations, doctors were unable to save him and he died in June 2013, 2 weeks before his 22nd birthday and tragically on the day he would have left university had he been able to complete his degree.
Richard loved Sheffield, his course, the university and his friends. For this reason he kept his treatment in Sheffield, where his friends and university life undoubtedly helped him to maintain his astonishingly positive outlook and determination to carry on as normal. It was because of this love for Sheffield that Richard’s family wanted to create a lasting memorial in the form of the ‘Richard Pover Outstanding Contribution Award’ within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. This annual award is open to all students within the department who have excelled in their extra-curricular activities and made an outstanding contribution, just as Richard did.
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