A MAN who has devoted 45 years of his life to charity work has overseen the presentation of the fourteenth motorised wheelchair to a pupil of Horton Lodge Special School.
Ivor Povey of Birchall, Leek, started raising money after he and his wife Margaret adopted their two sons Andrew and Mark through the Church of England Children Society.
He has been a member of Leek Golf Club for 43 years and started a captain’s charity in 1996, which has already gone on to raise more than £100,000.
Now 11-year-old Lewis Bunn has been presented with a motorised wheelchair at an event at the club – the fourteenth handed over to pupils during the last few years.
Mr Povey, aged 77, said: “I started the captain’s charity at Leek Golf Club in 1996.
“Before this I had organised raffles, delivered envelopes for the NSPCC and the children’s society and held coffee mornings, among many other things. It seemed that there was always something going on.
“The captain's charity has raised more than £100,000 and we have brought 14 powered wheelchairs for several disabled young people from Horton Lodge Special School.
“The response from the young people receiving them and also their parents makes it so worthwhile.
It helps them to become more independent as they get around more on their own.
“Our charity golf day this year, which is part of the captain’s charity, had 21 sponsors and 180 competitors.
“During the last 40 years I have organised events which have bought equipment for the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and also at the Leek Moorlands Hospital. We have also supported the air ambulance, first responders, Alzheimer's Society and Douglas Macmillan Hospice
“In all my years of voluntary work I have always had the support of my wife Margaret.”
Mr Povey joined Blue Circle Cement, now Lafarge, in Cauldon in 1959 as a lorry driver.
He got involved in other parts of the works and became a sales rep for the company and was eventually promoted to head of sales before he retired in 1997.
Over the years Mr Povey has done voluntary work at hospitals, as a shadow governor at the University Hospital and a member of the health Improvement panel.
Last May the couple were invited to a Buckingham Palace garden party.
In his younger days Mr Povey was a keen footballer and played for local teams before taking up golf more than 40 years ago.
His friend and past golf club captain, Tony Brindley, said: “Ivor Povey is a caring, thoughtful person who has considered the need of others before himself.
“He has worked relentlessly all his adult life for the benefit of disadvantaged people, particularly disabled children, and is deserving of the recognition for all his hard and dedicated work for charitable causes.
“Although no-one has kept a record of the vast amount of money Ivor has raised during his lifetime it must be in the hundreds of thousands.”