Pavers Foundation Awards £500 to Community Animal Charity

The Pavers Foundation, charitable initiative of the family-owned multi-channel shoe retailer Pavers, has donated £500 to the Leeds and Wakefield District branch of the RSPCA on behalf of Castleford Pavers’ store manager, Suzanne Stead.

Suzanne applied for funding through the Pavers Foundation’s employee-led grant application scheme after speaking with her friend who volunteers for the charity, and making her own donations to them:

“Animals come here from all backgrounds, some are case animals, which means they have been removed from their owners due to neglect, abuse and abandonment. It can be a long process rehabilitating these animals before they can be re homed that is why the behavioural/training room, which the grant is funding, will be a massive benefit to the Center and the animals. The animals will get their forever homes quicker and in return they will be able to re home more abused pets. I was so sad when I first visited, I couldn’t even have access to some as they were in such a bad way, it’s heartbreaking. So many thanks for the £500 it will make a difference.”

The donation will go towards the continual care and rehabilitation provided the charity, as well as supporting their efforts to educate members of the community about good pet ownership, aiming to reduce levels of neglect and abuse. North Yorkshire has some of the highest levels of pet mistreatment in the country and so this level of outreach and education is paramount.

Sally Balmforth, Head of Fundraising and Communications said:

“Thank you so much for your recent offer of £500 to go towards our work at the RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield & District. This is absolutely fantastic and is such a big help to us.”

The Pavers Foundation is proud to support grant applications from favoured employee charities and causes across the business which make a difference in areas of health, education and community. The scheme has thus far responded to almost 100 colleague applications, and benefited over 200 charities since its inception in 2018. The Foundation has donated over £930,000 to charities nominated by employees of Pavers, Herring shoes and Jones Bootmaker and is looking forward to reaching its £1m milestone of charitable giving.