The Pavers Foundation, charitable initiative of multi-channel family-owned footwear retailer, Pavers, has recently donated £2,660 to Pershore Plus Volunteer Centre on behalf of Holly Sagar, Communications Coordinator at Pavers Head Office. The donation was made through the Foundation’s employee-led grant application scheme, which encourages colleagues of the business to apply on behalf of charities and good causes close to their hearts.
Holly’s dad Phil is a volunteer driver for Pershore Plus, prompting her to apply for the grant funding through the Pavers Foundation. The donation will be used to fund essential maintenance checks on three of the charity’s accessible vehicles for one year, allowing the charity to continue running their community transport service, a lifeline for many elderly and vulnerable people in the local community who live remotely and have no means of accessible travel to appointments and social clubs. The service primarily connects Pershore with Redditch, Worcester and Evesham, where Holly met with Karon Swinburn at the Pavers Store in The Valley to present the donation.
Holly thanked the Foundation for the grant; “Thank you so much to the Foundation for supporting this essential community service for Pershore and the surrounding area, it is humbling to work for a business with such a strong social conscience, which supports good causes in this way.”
Karon Swinburn, CEO of Pershore Plus Volunteer Centre explained a little more about the difference this donation will make for the charity; “Our Community Transport Service is, in many cases a lifeline for people in our quest to reduce social isolation and loneliness in Pershore and the surrounding villages. Just to be able to get out to do shopping, meet friends for a coffee, or join a leisure activity goes a long way to supporting and maintaining people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Pershore Plus also offers trips to local places of interest and attractions, The Valley, Evesham is always a popular trip! We are hugely grateful to the Pavers Foundation for funding the maintenance checks needed on our three vehicles for the next year. This comes at a time when the cost-of-living crisis is impacting on small charities like ours and meaning that we are always looking for more funding opportunities.”
The Pavers Foundation is delighted to continually make a difference to local communities, those from disadvantaged backgrounds and a whole host of good causes throughout the UK and beyond through their charitable donations, charity of the year initiative and donations made on behalf of the Paver family. To keep up to date with news about the Pavers Foundation visit www.pavers.co.uk/foundation.