Be part of Paul Newman’s Legacy for future generations

One of the most powerful and lasting ways you can support children living with serious illness is by considering leaving a gift in your Will.

Paul Newman’s Legacy

Paul Newman’s Legacy

Imagine if children living with serious illness had the chance to simply be children. To just have fun. So he started a camp where kids could, in his words, raise a little hell. Today, we continue Paul’s Legacy as an independently financed and independently managed camp, and a proud member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network.


Childhood stops for seriously ill children.
At Barretstown we Press Play on childhood. ...

Leave behind a little magic! Ensuring we can be here for future generations can be your legacy, by leaving a gift in your Will. Whether it is a modest sum of money, or a small percentage, every gift will help bring magic into the lives of children living with serious illness.

Our Serious Fun takes serious money, a founding principle of Barretstown is that families never pay a cent to come to camp. It costs over €8 million each year to run our life-changing programmes.

One of the most powerful and lasting ways a person can support Barretstown is by considering leaving a gift in their Will. By supporting Barretstown through your Will, you can be part of the magic for the next 20, 40, 60, 80 years!

All gifts left to us in Wills, no matter how big or small the amount, will be combined into the Magic Fund. This fund is a vital source of income for Barretstown, allowing us to bring more campers to Barretstown and to invest in vital capital projects that we would not otherwise be in a position to undertake.

All You Need To Know

By leaving a gift to Barretstown in your Will, you will be creating a better future for children living with serious illness in Ireland.

If you are leaving a gift in your Will to Barretstown, you don’t need to tell us; it can be a very private matter. They only reason we like to know, is so that we can say thank you!

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Be part of the Magic Fund

All gifts left to Barretstown through a Will are combined into our Magic Fund.

The aim of this fund is to help us bring even more children to experience the magic of camp and to invest in vital capital projects that we would otherwise be unable to develop. As part of the fund, your contribution is helping to secure the future of Barretstown and you are becoming part of Barretstown’s legacy.

To recognise all the amazing people who make this special commitment, those who leave a gift to Barretstown will be remembered by adding a permanent light to our ``Hill of Remembrance.`` The Hill of Remembrance is a new permanent place of recognition close to our Theatre. Starting with a large founder light representing Paul Newman, additional lights will be added in a swirl to remember each person who contributes to the magic of Barretstown. The display will be visible at night to all those who visit Barretstown and will be enjoyed by our campers for years to come.

Our mission

Barretstown’s mission is to rebuild the lives of children affected by serious illness and their families. We believe that every child with a serious illness should enjoy their childhood. ...

Barretstown offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness – supported behind the scenes by 24 hour on site medical and nursing care. All of the children and families come to Barretstown free of charge. Everything, including accommodation, food, medical assistance and travel costs are provided at no cost to the family.

The Barretstown programme is endorsed by leading medical professionals and has become internationally recognised as having a profound and lasting impact on the lives of children with serious illness. After participating, children go home with increased confidence, self-esteem and the skills they need to face the rest of their journey to recovery.

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Our vision for the future

Higher rates of cancer diagnosis and improved survival rates are leading to an increase in demand for our services, as more and more children and families face the long road through treatment. ...

Our core objectives for the coming years are to:

* Expand our site facilities to allow us bring more campers to each camp. This will help to reduce our waiting lists.
* Expand the illness groups we serve, to maximise the unique facilities and programmes we offer to serve as many children living with serious illness as possible
* Extend and expand our Outreach Programmes – these programmes bring the hopeful spirit of Barretstown beyond the castle gates to hospitals, schools and communities.
* Ensure that every child and family who wants to come to Barretstown to undertake our therapeutic camps and programmes, can do so.

Everything you need to know

If you already have a solicitor, the first step is a simple phone call. If not, drawing up a Will is a basic service that most solicitors provide. Check out this list from The Law Society.

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Would you like more information about leaving a gift in your Will to Barretstown? Please feel free to make a no obligation phone call or come and visit us here in Ballymore Eustace.

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Here you can find the exact wording needed to make any changes to your Will and a Jargon Buster to help explain all the relevant phrases and terms used in relation to Wills.

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Thank you

Thank you

If you are leaving a gift in your Will to Barretstown, you don’t need to tell us; it can be a very private matter. The only reason we like to know, is so that we can say thank you!

My Legacy

My Legacy

My Legacy is an umbrella group of national and local charities throughout Ireland. Our group vision is to create social change; to make charitable bequests a normal part of making a Will and a widely respected way to support a charity.

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