Family’s joy at success of scholarship appeal in Sheffield student’s memory

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The family of a Sheffield student who died aged just 21 are on track to set up a university scholarship in his memory.

Richard Pover lost his fight against testicular cancer two years ago, 19 months after being diagnosed while in the third year of a four-year degree in mechanical engineering at Sheffield University.

He underwent gruelling treatment including chemotherapy, but his illness was rare and aggressive, and he died in June 2013 two weeks before turning 22, on the day he was due to leave university.

Since Richard’s death, family and friends have raised money for charities including the Teenage Cancer Trust, which funds the unit where he was looked after at Weston Park Hospital.

Now the aim is to launch an award in Richard’s name, which would help other engineering students during their courses, as well as reflecting his love of Sheffield and university life. The award would be given annually at the engineering graduation ceremony.

The initial target was to raise over £10,000. But so far more than £11,200 has been collected, spurring the family on further.

Richard’s mother Anne, from Chester, said: “We have been humbled by peoples’ generosity so far and have already reached the £10,000 mark, but there is still a long way to go and we will be organising a variety of events in the future. We would ideally like the scholarship to be in the region of £1,000 per year, but as the award is given from the interest on the lump sum, we need to raise around £30,000 at current interest rates.”

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