Shelter Benefits from Employee Vote during the Pandemic


Shelter has been awarded £2,500 by The Pavers Foundation, the employee led charitable trust created by family owned and run shoe retailer, Pavers. The donation came following an employee vote to decide on their Charity of the Year 2021.

Employees from Pavers, Jones Bootmaker and Herring Shoes voted between Shout, Children with Cancer, The Brain Tumour Charity and Shelter. With Shout taking nearly half the votes, they received a donation of £50,000 from The Pavers Foundation. However, the business wanted to show support for the fantastic work of the three runner-up charities and donated a further £2,500 to each of the causes.

Since their launch in 1966, Shelter has been campaigning to end homelessness and carrying

out ground-breaking research to understand the causes of the housing crisis and develop

policies that offer solutions. Through their Emergency Helpline, website and community hubs, Shelter is helping millions of people, who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or living in bad housing, to find and keep a safe place to call home. The COVID-19 pandemic has added pressures to the existing housing emergency, and Shelter has seen a huge spike in calls to their Helpline since March 2020. This donation from the Pavers Foundation could help Shelter to continue their vital work supporting families at the sharp end of the housing crisis.

Claudia Winter, New Partnerships Executive said;

“Thank you so much to the whole team at Pavers for such an incredibly generous donation.”

Founded by Catherine Paver in 1971, Pavers established The Foundation in 2018 to enable charity giving by the business and its 1400 staff. Through the Foundation, Pavers has pledged over £2m to good causes in health, education and community which includes employee grant applications, charity of the year, and donations on behalf of the family. Since founding, The Pavers Foundation has donated a total of £272,500 to its Charity of the Year initiative.