The Pavers Foundation has donated £5000 towards Lepra's shoe van project, providing custom made shoes to people affected by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis in India.
Stuart Paver, Managing Director of Pavers and an ambassador for Lepra said: "We are sure our small donation will help in the ongoing fight against Leprosy and other debilitating diseases in some of the poorest communities in the world."
Lepra's shoe vans are able to reach isolated and hard to reach communities, where access to medical treatment and shoe technicians would oridinarily be near impossible. The protective footwear that is provided allows for a dignified and mobile life, where the wearer can walk without fear of damage or infection.
“For many with leprosy or lymphatic filariasis, the support from the Pavers Foundation is the difference between a life of poverty and isolation or a life of mobility and independence. Leprosy is synonymous with discrimination and inequality. No one is subject to as much prejudice as people affected by leprosy. This prejudice is made worse by the life altering disabilities that can occur and people affected by leprosy can lose their independence as a result of being unable to walk and ultimately, therefore become unable to provide for themselves. Lepra’s partnership with Pavers provides comfortable, safe bespoke footwear for people with disabilities caused by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis. The shoe vans the Foundation funds enable Lepra to reach people in isolated, hard to reach areas where accessing medical treatment or skilled shoe technicians is extremely difficult. Pavers footwear really is life changing.”
- Geoff Prescott, CEO Lepra
To date, The Pavers Foundation have donated £43,000 to Lepra in aid of the shoe van project. We would like to say a huge thank you to Pavers, and our wonderful ambassador Stuart Paver, for his unwaivering support.