Raising vital funds in memory of visionary grandmother and Pavers Shoes founder

Raising vital funds in memory of visionary grandmother and Pavers Shoes founder

The kind-hearted grandchildren of the inspirational founder of Yorkshire footwear company Pavers Shoes will be running a half marathon in her name. 

Brother and sister George and Francesca Paver will be taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London on Sunday, October 8 in loving memory of their grandmother, Catherine Kinloch Paver, who established York-based shoe business Pavers.

Mrs Paver, who was known as Cathy to loved ones, sadly lost her battle with bowel cancer earlier this year at the age of 88.

George and Francesca, two of Mrs Paver’s grandchildren, will be running the half marathon in aid of a charity close to their hearts, Bowel Cancer UK, almost six months after their grandmother sadly passed away.

George, who is following in his grandmother’s footsteps and currently works at Pavers, said: “We wanted to do a run in memory of our nana. We thought the Royal Parks Half ld be perfect as it is helping raise money for Bowel Cancer UK - the horrible disease which effected our nana and so many other people.” 

George Paver and Catherine Paver

Francesca added: “We wanted to raise money for bowel cancer as every 15 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with the disease.

“When we run the half marathon it will nearly be six months after the passing of our amazing nana.

“I always wanted to do something for charity in memory of my nana as throughout her life she gave to charity. The half marathon seemed the correct thing to do as she always taught us to never give up, and running is not something I like in the slightest, so I think the fact it is going to be challenging makes it more apt to do in memory of her.

“She inspired me in so many ways, but I think the one thing that really sticks with me is her strong will, she never gave up no matter what obstacles got in her way, she just kept fighting, her determination was unbelievable.

“I think her loyalty also inspired me - she was so honest and truthful and the best friend a girl could have asked for.”

Catherine Paver and Francesca

One of five children, Mrs Paver was born in Kirkcaldy, in Fife, in 1928.

She moved York in 1943 to find work. She landed her first retail job in Boots, and it was around this time that she met her husband of 51 years, Michael Paver.

In 1971 Mrs Paver applied for a £200 bank loan to fund her passion to find the perfect style shoe for everyone. After being rejected initially for a loan, she reapplied, telling the bank it was to buy a sofa, and Pavers was born.  

After selling at village halls and house parties, the first Pavers Shoe store opened in Scarborough, with shops in York, Hull and Newcastle following shortly after.

Mrs Paver has left behind a legacy; her company is now one of the UK’s leading shoe retailers with more than 130 outlets in the UK and Ireland.

George and Francesca hope to raise more than £1500 for Bowel Cancer UK and have raised in excess of £1000 so far. 

If you would like to donate please visit their JustGiving account: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/francesca-paver


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