Our Charity of the Year Process

Our employees are the heart of everything we do, we want to help support causes that are special to them ... so we figured it would only be right that they play a key role in the Pavers Foundation by nominating one significant charity every year to receive our support. 

Every year we nominate four major charities which are put to a popular vote amongst our colleagues at Pavers Shoes, Jones Bootmaker and Herring Shoes, the causes are chosen based on our core values, healthcare, education and community.

The cause which receives the most votes is selected as our Charity of the Year. 

We’re thrilled to announce Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre as our Charity

of the Year for 2022/3!

The Pavers Foundation has awarded £40,000 to the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre, based in Nottingham, following a companywide vote. The cause was initially nominated by former committee member and store manager, Emma King, who has personal links to the charity. 

"I wanted to nominate CBTRC as it is such an amazing cause and now it will be able to continue conducting its fantastic research to find a way to treat, manage and hopefully cure this most awful disease for hundreds of children" - Emma King.

The Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre strives to develop kinder and more effective treatments for children living with devastating cancers, and conducts life saving research to create brighter futures for these children. 

35,000 survivors of childhood cancers currently live in the UK, but are still affected daily by the side effects of brain tumour treatment and diagnosis. 450 children are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year in the UK, and currently the devastating reality is that more than a third of these children will not survive.

Our donation will go towards specifically funding a PHD student's research into the treatment of brain tumours in children. The research into brain signalling packages which are proven to protect cancer cells, will be used to predict brain tumour growth and identify therapeutic treatment methods. 

"We are incredibly grateful for this donation to support our research which will ultimately improve the quality of life for children living with and suffering from Brain Tumours" - Dr Beth Coyle, CBTC, University of Nottingham.

The Pavers Foundation was established to make a difference to charities and causes close to the hearts of Pavers, Jones Bootmaker and Herring Shoes colleagues and has donated over £1 million to worthy causes since it began in 2018. The Foundation pledges money to causes which are impactful in areas of health, education and community and has recently expanded its operations to lead the environmental initiatives throughout the entire business.



Our Charities of the Year so far...

Children with Cancer UK 2021/2

Children with Cancer UK is the leading national charity dedicated to research into childhood cancer. They find research into treatment of childhood cancers and support for families who have been affected. The money we have donated through the Pavers Foundation will help to develop better targeted treatments with fewer side effects for children and young people.

“Ringing the end of treatment bell was a day me and my family will never forget!"


Dementia UK

In May, we announced Dementia UK as our second Charity of the Year. They received a donation of £65,000 from the Pavers Foundation!  

Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families with the help of their Admiral Nurse service.

The donation has funded a full-time Helpline Admiral Nurse, Helen Green, who has worked in dementia care for the past 17 years in hospitals, care homes and community settings. 

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Jason Paver, Director of Sales at Pavers with Margaret Johnson, Senior Trust and Statutory Officer at Mind and Stuart Paver, Manager Director of Pavers.

MIND (2019/20)

Mind is the leading mental health charity across England and Wales and are there to make sure everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both respect and support. They give life-saving advice and information, campaign to improve services and reduce stigma, and deliver front-line services through their network of 120 local Minds.

“Although I have progressed lots since my suicide attempts and times in hospital, I still very much need support, I need Mind to keep existing, because to deal with all this alone is so impossibly difficult.”

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Macmillan Nurse and Patient Kate


The Pavers Foundation's first-ever Charity of the Year was announced back in December! Macmillan Cancer Support was nominated by the employees of Pavers, Jones Bootmaker and Herring Shoes!

In December 2018, Pavers Foundation donated an astonishing £62,500 to Macmillan Cancer Support. We were overjoyed to hear that this donation will fund a local Macmillan nurse for one year, or around 2,232 Macmillan nursing hours, helping people just like Kate.


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Pic left to right: Andrew Johnson & Jacqui Parkin Shout, Mark Granger, Chairman Pavers Foundation, Victoria Hornby, CEO Shout & Lucy Wiseman, Shout

SHOUT (2020/21)

Leading UK shoe retailer Pavers’ charitable trust, Pavers Foundation, has donated £50,000 to Shout 85258 after colleagues voted it to be their 2021 charity of the year.


The Pavers Foundation was established to share Pavers success through charitable giving to causes close to the hearts of its 1,400-strong staff. The charity of the year initiative, which is part of the Foundation’s activities, involved colleagues in head office and across the Pavers, Jones Bootmaker and Herring shoe stores voting for their favourite charity from a shortlist of four.