€1,000 boost a perfect fit for charity

Simone Behal with her daughter, Emilie, accepting a cheque on behalf of Down Syndrome Kerry from Pavers store manager Denise Smyth and supervisor, Sarah Doherty

DOWN Syndrome Kerry has received an unexpected but welcome €1,000 boost thanks to the generosity of the management and staff of a local show store.

Denise Smyth, store manager at Pavers in Killarney Outlet Centre, submitted an application to the company HQ for the charity to be considered for support from the Pavers Foundation initiative which was formed in 2018 to enable charitable giving by the business and its 1,700 staff worldwide.

The amount pledged to good causes since then has risen to £2.5 million, which includes employee grant applications, charity of the year selections and donations on behalf of the Paver family. Each staff member can put forward causes which relate to health, education, or community.

Killarney store manager Denise said: “Down Syndrome is very close to my heart and I see the daily challenges that families face. I wanted to try to help in any way possible.

“I wanted to reach out to the Pavers Foundation and see if they would help with these challenges, such as the provision of occupational therapy and speech therapy”.

Down Syndrome Kerry is a parent-led organisation that helps families to deal with the diagnosis of their child. The organisation is passionate about ensuring that children with special education needs have access to an inclusive learning environment.

The charity provides a wide range of support, including occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy services for younger persons and employment and education opportunities. It also offers recreational services to their members, such as swimming lessons, Zumba, basketball, cookery, cycling lessons and horse riding.

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