Codex, Ireland’s leading provider of workplace products and solutions, has teamed up with Barretstown, the non-profit organisation that supports children with a serious illness, as part of the company’s ‘Codex Cares’ CSR programme for 2023/24.
Situated on a 500-acre estate in Co. Kildare, Barretstown offers special programmes and activities that allow children to set aside their illnesses and simply have fun. The organisation provides 24-hour medical and nursing care, accommodation, food and support to the children and their families at no cost. Since opening in 1994, Barretstown has enhanced the lives of more than 100,000 campers.
To celebrate its new partnership, Codex recently held a week-long fundraiser to increase awareness of the amazing work that Barretstown does, while also raising funds to help seriously ill children and their families. In just one week, Codex employees raised €25,000 which the company has donated to Barretstown – along with a promise that there’s more to come.
As part of the fundraising push, the Codex team organised a series of in-office activities including a sponsored cycle, a Barretstown-themed quiz, an employee ‘bake-off’ as well as a series of team-building games including canoeing, archery and a scavenger hunt.
The week included a townhall session by Barretstown’s Emily Finn who explained to Codex employees why and how her team supports children who are dealing with serious illness, and a trip to the Barretstown campus by Codex senior management including CEO, Patrick Murphy, to see the charity work in action.
Partnering with Barretstown is the latest initiative in the ‘Codex Cares’ programme, through which the company seeks to identify opportunities where it can have a positive impact on the local community. Codex supports local suppliers and has supported various community projects and programmes throughout Ireland, such as the DCU ‘Access to the Workplace’ programme.
“Honoured to be a Barretstown partner”
“It’s been humbling and deeply inspiring to see how Barretstown provide such fantastic care and fun to these brave children and families at a difficult time,” said Patrick Murphy, Codex CEO, as he presented a cheque for €25,000 to the charity. “We’re honoured to be a partner of Barretstown and very happy to make a contribution that will help to continue the fantastic work the team does.
“Helping, supporting and giving back to the community has been part of the Codex DNA since we started in 1979,” Mr Murphy said. “We believe our contribution to society should go beyond our core business operation, and we’re proud to support as many good causes as we can.”
Codex is committed to providing ongoing support for Barretstown as its charity partner for the year, with activities planned in the coming months to raise crucial funds that will result in a €50,000 contribution to the institution and actively participating in a range of events hosted by Barretstown, from Helping Hands to Amazing Race and beyond.
Codex has also been an official Great Place to Work® and one of Ireland’s Best Workplaces™ since 2017, and was recently named one of Ireland’s Best Managed Companies for 2023.