Lepra has this week announced that Stuart Paver, Managing Director of footwear retailer Pavers, has become an ambassador for the Colchester based leprosy charity.

Pavers was founded in 1971 as a family company and has grown to become one of the UK’s leading shoe retailers. Stuart has overseen the company expansion to include operations in Ireland, China and India as well as building its own shopping television channel. In 2018, The Pavers Foundation was launched with a £2.5m donation from the business currently owned by Stuart and his two brothers and the estate of Catherine Paver, their mother and founder of the company.

Pavers has worked in partnership with Lepra since 2015, when it helped the charity to launch an innovative “Shoe Van” project, providing bespoke footwear to people affected by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis (LF) in Bihar, India.

The shoes reduce the chance of injury and infections, which are a major cause of ulcers and amputations. Stuart has been a driving force for the project, visiting Bihar to see its work first hand and has been instrumental in helping to secure funding for a second van, which will join the project in June 2019 and a third before the end of 2019.

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