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Appeal launched to honour former Beverley teacher

A crowdfunding appeal has been launched in honour of a former Beverley teacher, that hopes to build a stand for Beverley Town Football Club at their Norwood ground.

It’s the idea of former Beverley Town play Greg Usher, to honour this dad, Ivan, who died in August last year.

Writing on this JustGiving page, Greg says: My dad worked as a PE teacher at Longcroft school for 30 years, before setting up a fitness centre in the heart of Beverley. Throughout his career dad helped people of all ages and abilities, which was reflected when over 600 people attended a memorial service at the Beverley Minster to celebrate his life.”

Greg continued: “Dad had the rare ability to inspire others. He loved all sports whether it was watching, playing or teaching. And through his positivity and energy, he pushed people to reach and even go beyond their potential. He brought out the best in people.

“One thing my dad could never quite understand was why Beverley didn’t have a stadium/stand where people could watch the local teams compete. Something even the nearby villages have. From this we have started a campaign for the ‘Ivan Usher memorial stand’, which will be erected at Norwood recreational ground for Beverly Town FC.

“In order to help raise money for this, my wonderful friend Georgina Barnett had a fantastic idea… Every year my dad would watch his former pupils and I run in the Beverley 10k. He would encourage everyone from the side and enjoy talking with spectators. Therefore, we have decided to form a team and run in his name – ‘Ivan’s Kangaroo Club’ taken from the name of his former gym group. We would like to invite anyone who was taught by or knew my dad to help us raise funds in order to make the memorial stand possible.”

Entries for the run open on Saturday 3rd February  via the link – The run will be held on Sunday 13th May.

Greg said: “We already have a number of people who have confirmed that they would like to run as part of our team. We welcome anyone willing to join our team. Sprint or jog, as dad would say ‘as long as you’re doing summat’. If you would like to be part of Ivan’s Kangaroo Club please message me on facebook for further details.”

Greg said that also wanted to encourage people give their support, if if they couldn’t join the run. “We would love your support on the day of the run, whether it’s through donations, spreading the word or simply cheering us on during the race. Following the run, we will meet for celebratory drinks. Get involved and let’s show our Beverley community spirit.