The Pavers Charitable Foundation, employee-led initiative of family owned and run retailer Pavers has granted £1,000 to Youth Interventions. The grant was made on behalf of Annabel Shepherd, a sales assistant at the Linwood branch of Pavers.
Annabel decided to apply for grant funding through the Pavers Foundation when she heard about this charity local to her, who provided much needed support for the young people in her area.
Annabel said: “I chose this charity because I think the work they are doing is very important for the youth of today even more so with everything that has been going on over the last year.
I have a 15-year-old son and I love the thought that if he needed it there would be the emotional help there for him on our doorstep. We are all going through emotional times and I'm glad the young people have not been forgotten about. Thank you so much Pavers Foundation”
The funding will go towards the costs of running the children’s activities at Youth Interventions, which include crafts, outdoor challenges and more recently, zoom socials!
Louise Dempsey shared how the donation will be used by Youth Interventions: "We’re really grateful to Annabel and the Pavers Foundation. £1000 is a tenth of the total amount that we’re trying to raise to get the weans a minibus which is such a lot from one donation. When the kids painted it onto their fundraising barometer, it really spurred them on with their own fundraising efforts too. Having their own minibus and being able to get out and about across Scotland means such a lot to them. Thank you so very much!"
The Foundation was established in 2018 as a legacy to the late Catherine Paver, Pavers Founder. Its sole purpose is to ‘make a difference with every pair’ by utilising the initial investment from the business together with subsequent donations of 2% net profits annually and proceeds from the carrier bag levy. The Foundation has recently reached its £1 million milestone of charitable giving which has had a positive impact on tens of thousands of lives across the UK and the world. The vast majority of the donations are awarded to charities voted for by colleagues working in the business through votes for annual charities and individual grant applications.