A Northampton cancer charity has received a £5,000 donation from the local branch of a well-known shoe company. BacZacHisLegacy received the donation from Pavers Northampton, based at Dobbies Garden Center on Newport Pagnell Road.

The program was set up six years ago in memory of 20-year-old Zac, who lost his battle with cancer in 2016 after being diagnosed with a rare form of testicular cancer and acute megakaryoblastic leukemia (AMKL), a rare subtype of acute myeloid leukemia. (LMA). Donations made to BacZac Son Legs are used to support young people with cancer and their families.

The charity offers grants to help overcome financial hardship or to fund much-needed outings. It distributes High Street vouchers to young people with cancer as a ‘pick-up’ or as food vouchers for those receiving cancer treatment.

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The donation was made on behalf of The Pavers Foundation, the organization’s employee-led charitable initiative and the money was given following an employee grant application. The Pavés Foundation is committed to making a difference in the areas of health, education and community, with charities close to the hearts of its colleagues.

Verana Yates, who works at the Northampton Pavers branch, applied for a grant to support BacZac after being friends with Zac’s mother, Helen Forskitt, for many years. Verana thanked the Foundation for having such a big impact on the charity she chose. She said: “It was a very emotional day for me as I know how much this check means to Helen and their charity.”

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Helen added: “It’s amazing! This is the first big check we’ve received this year and The Pavers Foundation is the first company to give us a grant. We cannot thank the Pavés Foundation enough.

The Pavers Foundation, which was established in 2018 to enable charitable giving from the company and its 1,500 employees, is extremely proud to support charities and causes important to its colleagues. To date, the Foundation has donated over £1.1 million and impacted tens of thousands of lives.

Zac Forskitt during his time at ONRFC
Zac Forskitt during his time at ONRFC

BacZac is also aiming to purchase a coastal respite vacation home for youth with cancer and their families for possibly a final trip or for a grieving family. For more information on BacZac His Legacy and how to support the association, visit here.

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