The Pavers Foundation has donated £1,000 to ‘Balmer Battles Motor Neurone Disease’, founded by David Balmer, himself being a sufferer of MND.
Family friend Sharon Kerr was so inspired by David’s story she applied for the grant funding through the Pavers Foundation employee-led initiative, which encourages colleagues from across the business to apply for funding in their local communities for charities and causes close to their hearts.
David Balmer a 40-year-old father to 2 girls, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in late 2019, and felt compelled to set up his own charity to raise funds and document his own MND journey. The charity Facebook page has gained over 5,200 followers who have pulled together to raise money to help fund David’s lifesaving stem-cell treatment.
“I choose Balmer Battles MND because this disease tears families apart and to see a young man in his prime who was the life and soul of the party disintegrate before your eyes in one year breaks my heart, he can’t hold his children although he has the determination to try.
This man has fought everything this disease has thrown at him with the heart of a lion and will continue to do so. This disease does not only affect David but his family and everyone who loves him. If we can make it a little bit better and find a step forward to a cure, then every donation is all worthwhile. With the help of the Pavers Foundation then maybe we can help find a cure for everyone who has suffered from this terrible disease”.Sharon Kerr, Store Manager
Speaking about the donation David Balmer said; “The donation has helped pay for my flight to Mexico for ground-breaking stem cell treatment which will be vital in my battle to overcome and beat MND. A personal thank you from me for your kind generosity.”David Balmer
Founded by Catherine Paver in 1971, Pavers established the Foundation in 2018 to enable charitable giving by the business and its 1400 staff. Since launched, the Pavers Foundation is proud to have donated over £913,000 to charities & causes in health, education and community. This has been possible through employee grant applications, nominated company charity of the year funding, and donations made on behalf of the Paver family.