Riding for Richard
David Pover rides the Lakeland Monster Miles challenge in support of the Richard Pover Scholarship Fund
Anne and David Pover, parents of the outstanding Mechanical Engineering student Richard Pover who tragically died aged 21, have been tirelessly fundraising since 2015 to establish a permanent scholarship in his memory.
They have held several fundraising events both in Sheffield and their home town of Tarporley including curry nights, a garden party, a Zumba evening and a number bucket of collections at a variety of venues.
Richard was diagnosed with testicular cancer in November 2011, aged 20, during the third year of his MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield.
He underwent gruelling treatment for 19 months in Sheffield's Weston Park Hospital, never once complaining or feeling sorry for himself, but despite the high cure rate for this type of cancer, he died on 13th June 2013, on the day he would have left university had he been able to complete his degree.
Since his death Richard’s family have concentrated their efforts on raising money for a number of cancer charities, including the Teenage Cancer Trust. This latest challenge is a personal quest for them however, to raise money for a scholarship for a student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a lasting tribute to Richard.
David, a keen cyclist, recently tackled the Lakeland Monster Miles Adventure Cross, one of the UK’s most challenging cycle events, in Richard’s memory and has raised over £3,700 towards the Richard Pover Scholarship Fund. The ride had a difficulty rating of 10/10 and saw competitors riding 65 miles, including around 6,000 feet of ascent. Despite the terrain, the route and the mud involved, David successfully completed the ride in under 6 hours and was even photographed smiling!
This latest event has pushed the family’s fundraising total to almost £40,000 – enough to allow the Richard Pover Scholarship to be permanently endowed, ensuring that this prestigious award continues into the future and that Richard will never be forgotten here at the University where he was so happy.
Donations can be made the Remember Richard Pover JustGiving page