The Brain Tumour Charity 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.
Marie Samuels-Meeds, Pavers Area Manager for the Midlands said;
“After a young relative of mine passed away from the disease, leaving behind his wife and young family. I was so pleased the company and employees voted to recognise this charity for a nomination. A lot of younger people suffer brain tumours that go unrecognised for a period before being recognised and getting treatment”.
The Brain Tumour Charity is committed to saving and improving lives affected by brain
tumours through world-class research to find new treatments, offering support to those
affected by a diagnosis and running awareness campaigns such as HeadSmart to help improve early diagnosis of brain tumours in children.
As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, The Brain Tumour Charity is expecting to see over a 40% drop in its income this year, whilst the demand on its services has significantly increased. This donation from the Pavers Foundation will be used within the Children and Families Service which provides information, answers to questions and support to children, young people and families affected by a brain tumour diagnosis during these uncertain times.
Annie Edwards, Corporate Development Manager at The Brain Tumour Charity, said:
“We are so grateful for this donation and for the continued support of so many Pavers colleagues.
“The generosity of our community of supporters is what enables us to do the work we do. Our dedicated Children and Families Service aims to reduce isolation and anxiety for children and their families by giving them the help, understanding and support they need following a brain tumour diagnosis.
“Receiving the news your child has a brain tumour is something we wished no parent had to hear. Our team is here to support children and parents affected and to help answer any questions you might have – and our Parents Facebook Group is also a great to connect with others who are going through similar experiences. For more information, visit thebraintumourcharity.org or call 0808 800 0004.”
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.