From left, Sue Parsons, Emily Brooker, Communications officer at Pavers Shoes, Mark Granger, Director of Operations at Pavers Shoes and member of the Pavers Foundation committee.
The Pavers Foundation has donated £2,000 to The Tom Parsons Trust after Emily Brooker, Communications Officer at our Head Office in York, applied through the employee grant initiative.
The £2,000 donation from the Pavers Foundation will be used to purchase one defibrillator and will also help to fund the upkeep of the Trust’s existing defibrillators in Malton and the local surrounding areas.
Tom Parsons, from West Heslerton, North Yorkshire, died while on holiday with his friends on the Greek island of Zante in 2016. Tom, who was 22, suffered from myocarditis, which is inflammation and damage of the heart muscle.
Tom’s parents, Sue and Nick, set up the Trust in his memory to raise awareness of myocarditis and fundraise for life saving equipment and research. Just some of the fundraising events include, The Yorkshire 3 Peaks, Christmas wreath-making, charity football and rugby matches, an Inaugural Bike Ride and The Tom Parsons Trust Summer Ball, which takes place at York Racecourse.
To date, the Tom Parsons Trust has raised £43,928.
£23,810 of this has been donated to the British Heart Foundation to help fund life-saving research into myocarditis. A further £9,000 of this has gone towards purchasing, installing and maintaining 7 defibrillators in Malton and the local surrounding areas. The remaining is being held for other defibrillator applications from within the local community.
“I’m so grateful to the Pavers Foundation for awarding The Tom Parsons Trust this donation, which I know will go on to make a huge difference in our local area, with the potential of saving lives. Sue and Nick have helped so many and are a real inspiration to everyone who knows them”.Emily Brooker, Communications Officer at Pavers
“The Tom Parsons Trust would like to thank the Pavers Foundation for their very kind donation and to Emily for putting us forward. This money will fund our eighth defibrillator, which just like the others, will be placed in or around the Malton and Norton area”.Sue Parsons, Tom’s mum and founder of The Trust
To find out more about The Tom Parsons Trust and how you can get involved, take a look at their Facebook.