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506. Trevor Hanover

A milkman from Newcastle has raised over £188,000 for Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.

Trevor Hanover, wanted to find a way of giving back to the communities that helped his dairy business, Hanover Dairies, become so successful. On seeing first-hand the emotional and practical support provided by Rainbow Trust to families caring for a life threatened or terminally ill child , Trevor saw how vital the service was in his area and threw his weight behind fundraising for the charity.

Since 2008, Trevor has raised over £188,000 for the Trust by organising events such as a 240 mile walk across the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland, sponsored journeys on a traditional milk float from Land’s End to John O’Groats, and a number of charity balls which have helped raise awareness of Rainbow Trust and gained new donors.

Trevor’s dedication has helped Rainbow Trust support families caring for a child with a life threatening or terminal illness and need bespoke support. His work has helped both in terms of raising awareness and securing big donors.

Trevor has inspired all of the staff at his dairy to get involved and leaflets about Rainbow Trust are now delivered on the milk rounds. He also finds the time to raise funds for a number of other charities including North East Motor Neurone Disease Trust.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“Trevor has found a great way to give something back to the communities that have supported his dairy business. By travelling on his milk float from Land’s End to John O’Groats, and through a range of sponsored walks and other fundraising initiatives, Trevor has done a huge amount to support the Rainbow Trust in its vital work in helping children with serious illnesses. I am delighted to recognise Trevor’s service by making him a Point of Light.”

Trevor said:

“Through my eight years volunteering for Rainbow Trust I have tried to raise as much awareness and funds as possible for this incredible charity. I’ve seen with my own eyes what the charity does for families caring for a seriously ill child. I’ve met some of them and I know just what a difference the emotional and practical support can make. It has been my pleasure and privilege to help the charity, in some small way, continue its vital work.”

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