Gateshead milkman receives national award after raising more than [pounds sterling]185,000 for charity; Blaydon milkman Trevor Hanover received the PM's 'point of light' award for his fundraising work for the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity.
Byline: Hannah Graham
A milkman who built up a business spanning the north of Britain from a single local milk round has been honoured by the prime minister for his charity work.
Trevor Hanover, 63, wanted to find a way of giving back to the communities that helped his dairy Blaydon -based business, Hanover Dairies, become so successful.
After visiting a respite home for terminally ill children in Hexham run by The Rainbow Trust Children's Charity, Trevor became determined to help the charity to support the families of desperately sick youngsters.
Since 2008, Trevor has raised over [pounds sterling]188,000 for the trust by walking, cycling and even driving a milk float from Lands End to John O'Groats.
He has also organised glitzy fundraising balls, and with his help the Rainbow Trust's North East care team has been able to support another 18 families in the region.
In recognition of this, Trevor is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award from Prime Minister David Cameron , which recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Along with his fundraising work, 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.
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."
Mr 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."