This is a process that sets out to promote positive family values within the Irwin’s family business by keeping barriers broken down during fun fundraising events as well as supporting a local charity that should benefit Irwin’s’ home–market customers. The Charity is chosen carefully to reflect Irwin’s own values, good governance and commitment.
2016 saw the start of Irwin’s supporting Cancer Focus NI which is here to help everyone affected by cancer, their families and carers.
As a fourth generation family business, which has been baking bread for over 100 years in Northern Ireland, it is very important to us that we support a local charity.
Irwin’s staff will spend the year raising money in a number of ways, including various sporting challenges, events and raffles.
We’re looking forward to the years ahead with Cancer Focus NI, we hope to raise a lot of ‘dough’!
This past year the employees of Irwin’s Bakery selected Helping Hand inspired by the experiences of one the Irwin’s Despatch employees. Helping Hand is the complementary charity that works alongside the The Royal Victoria Sick Children’s Hospital for Northern Ireland. We wanted to be able to help the sick and the vulnerable children within Northern Ireland. To that end, we set out to help make a difference for those children by fundraising and to promote knowledge of the invaluable work the Sick Children Unit does.
There are a staggering 120,000 sick children attending the NI’s Children Hospital annually and 9,500 residential cases. When Gareth asked Irwin’s Bakery what can we do as a business, Irwin’s unanimously embraced the challenge to support Helping Hand – the charity that complements the efforts & activities of the Children’s Hospital. The partnership that followed has flourished with our principal joint–goal being effective fundraising for Helping Hand with the buy–in of all staff.
Fundraising techniques with employees at the heart of all activities have ranged from football tournaments, coffee–mornings, seasonal–raffles, marathon, pop–up bakeries and ‘Shave–Off’s’ and brought management and staff together to get involved.
Underpinning all this has been the voluntary payroll contributions at source by 83% of our Irwin’s employees. The Bakery and its staff were delighted to present to the Sick Children’s Hospital a £20,000 cheque raised throughout our partnership which will provide specialist bed equipment; funding for the Arts & Craft Program for the next year, sensory pods as well as overhead sensory experience equipment for children confined to bed, reclining bedside chairs for overnight stay for parents and a bespoke mobile playhouse for developmental play sessions and animal statues for the interactive viewing garden.
So a huge thanks to all our staff.
Irwin’s Bakery, from our family to yours…