UK leading family owned-and-run multi-channel shoe retailer Pavers through their charitable Foundation, have recently awarded £5,000 on behalf of Janine Wheeldon Customer Advisor at Pavers Belper, to charity Lauren’s Legacy in memory of Lauren, a young woman who sadly passed away in 2019.
The donation will be used to buy a holiday home to grant the holiday wishes of Teenage Cancer sufferers in the local community. Janine applied for funding through the Pavers Foundation’s grant application employee led initiative, which aims to support charities and causes in areas of health, education, and community.
Janine, a close friend to Laurens family has previously been involved in many fundraising events determined to continue the fight against teenage cancer in Lauren’s memory. Events such as music festivals, auction evenings, motorbike rides and fashion show’s together with the donation from the Pavers Foundation sees fundraising reach a staggering £25,000 to date.
Janine remembering Lauren; “We are all really grateful for the donation. Lauren was a girl who loved life, partying hard but dedicated to her career as a nurse. In Sept 2014 she was diagnosed with a sarcoma and started a fight with the disease for 5 years until she passed away in June 2019. In those 5 years she raised over £90,000 for the teenage cancer trust- because of this her parents, family and friends decided to continue the fund raising to help other young cancer patients and so Laurens Legacy began”.Janine Wheeldon
Speaking about the donation, Lauren’s mother Elaine said: “All of us at Lauren's Legacy were completely amazed at the generous donation we received from the Pavers Foundation and are extremely grateful to Janine Wheeldon putting us forward for consideration. The donation will help considerably towards the purchase of our holiday home that we will hopefully be buying this year.
This will enable teenagers and young adults who are going through cancer treatments to be able to go away and spend some quality time together with their families away from the hospital environment.”Elaine Elliott
The Pavers Foundation is dedicated to making a meaningful impact on the communities around them. Each year the family business, Pavers, gives 2% of net profit, alongside the total profits from the sale of carrier bags in stores, plus returns from the endowment to ensure the Pavers Foundation can continue to make effective and positive changes in local communities and beyond. To date the Foundation has donated over £930,000 to good causes.