The Pavers Foundation donates £42,500 to Children with Cancer UK following companywide vote!
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 with Cancer UK as our Charity of the Year for 2021/2!
Children with Cancer UK has been awarded £42,500 through the Pavers Foundation’s Charity of the Year initiative. The charity was voted top of 4 causes shortlisted, by colleagues of Pavers, Jones and Herring shoes following a companywide poll. The charity was initially nominated by Debbie Paver, who is a Trustee of the Pavers Foundation and a keen supporter of the charity.
The donation from the Pavers Foundation will go towards funding specialist research into child and young people’s cancer. The charity funds early-stage research to generate essential evidence and they help to deliver new treatments from concept to clinic. The charity supports research with the greatest potential to provide future patient benefit, including current projects based on enhanced cell therapy and development of effective treatment strategies.
Being a family- founded charity much like the Pavers Foundation, Children with Cancer UK has been advancing cancer treatments for over 30 years. The charity’s vision is of a world where no child dies of cancer. Its mission is to improve survival rates and find ways to prevent cancer in the future. The charity also funds research to help develop kinder, more effective treatments with fewer toxic side effects. To date, the charity has raised over £290 million, which has funded over 300 research projects helping to save the lives of thousands of children and young people.
Cliff O’Gorman, whose family founded Children with Cancer UK, said: “We are extremely grateful to be voted as Pavers Foundation’s Charity of the Year for 2022. Family is at the heart of both organisations and we couldn’t be more thrilled to accept this very generous donation. My parents Marion and Eddie had five children. We were just a normal family, but our lives changed in 1986 when my brother Paul died from leukaemia. Sadly my sister Jean also died a few months also from cancer. After meeting Princess Diana she recommended we start our own charity to help other children diagnosed with cancer.
Every day in the UK 12 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer and on average 2 will not survive. This donation will help fund specialist, life-saving research looking to develop improved cancer treatments. With the support of Pavers Foundation we can help provide hope to more families. We won’t stop until every child survives.”
Debbie Paver, along with her family, have supported Children with Cancer UK personally for many years, with her children George and Francesca completing the national 3 Peaks Challenge in 2019 to raise money for the charity, which was donated through the Pavers Foundation. The Foundation is delighted to support this charity which is clearly so close to the hearts of The Paver family, and also the wider Pavers community and all their colleagues.
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...
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.
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.”
MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
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.
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.