The Pavers Foundation, employee-led charitable initiative of the family owned, multi-channel shoe retailer Pavers, has awarded £2,500 to Northern Ireland Hospice on behalf of Jason Molloy, store manager at Pavers’ branch in Antrim. The grant has allowed the hospice to purchase iPads to help the Hospice adapt and overcome challenges of life with covid restrictions.
Jason applied for grant funding after Northern Ireland Hospice provided care and support for him and his family after they suffered a tragic loss. The Pavers Foundation is proud to respond to grant applications from colleagues across their business which benefit charities making a difference in areas of health, community and education.
“When I learned that this charity received only some government funding, and relied so heavily on donations from the public I applied for funding from the Pavers Foundation as I believe that the work the Hospice does deserves any help we can offer to show our support”.
Jason Molloy, Manager, Pavers Antrim
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the hospice had to adapt to different ways of operating, one of which was moving to the use of video calls and online activities in the place of their usual sociable activities on-site.
Thomas Wilson explained how purchasing the iPads for the hospice benefits the children who are cared for there: “The children still get the specialist nursing care they need, and the nurses certainly make their stay as fun as possible with one-to-one arts and crafts and play therapy – but we know things aren’t the same without group activities. These iPads will be especially useful now, as they will help the children staying at Horizon House to keep in touch with their families when they are on respite stays and help provide entertainment at a time when the usual sociable activities that keep children engaged at Horizon House are limited. These iPads can also be used by parents to complete surveys when they care collecting their child from a respite stay, which will contribute to how we design our services to best meet the needs of the children and families we care for.”
One of the children at NI Hospice using the iPad bought with the donation. The Pavers Foundation has to date impacted over 240 charities across the UK, Ireland and beyond with donations amounting to over £930,000. They have also supported 4 major Charities as part of their Charity of the Year initiative as well as making numerous donations directly on behalf of the Paver family. The Pavers Foundation is approaching £1 million worth of charitable giving and is very much looking forward to reaching this milestone.