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Barretstown is here for families throughout their cancer journey. Our residential camps have a profound effect and lasting impact on our campers and their families. After participating, children go home with increased confidence, self-esteem and more importantly the reassurance that happiness is not just for healthy children.

But Barretstown’s impact extends far beyond our campus in CO. Kildare. Our hospital and school outreach programmes ensure that the healing touch of Barretstown reaches children all across Ireland.

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Our Hospital Outreach Team brings Barretstown’s joy to children and families in hospitals, enhancing their quality of life through creative activities, restoring joy in challenging times. 

Our School Outreach Team supports children returning to school after treatment. Our programme educates classmates about the child’s illness in a child-friendly way, fostering support and reducing bullying and confusion.

One of the many children who we have served is Aoibhe. Aoibhe’s life took a scary turn when a simple eye infection resulted in the diagnosis of Rhabdomyosarcoma—an incredibly rare cancer.

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Through these incredibly difficult times, Barretstown emerged as a beacon of hope. Initially hesitant due to her reliance on the wheelchair and ongoing treatment, Aoibhe found joy and friendship with the activities proving a turning point in her emotional recovery. 

Our goal for 2024 is to ensure that we can be here for more children and their families, like Aoibhes, living with cancer in Ireland. With your support, we hope to rebuild the lives and bring a smile back to those who need our support the most.

On this International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day, please help us to be there for more children living with cancer by donating today. Thank You.

Sprinkle a Little Magic

Your support for Barretstown  will give another seriously  ill child like Marlie the chance to experience Barretstown's life changing Therapeutic Programmes.

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.

"Our little Marlie had five surgeries in the space of a month... without Barretstown, I don't know how we'd have coped"Jenny, Marlie's Mum

Sprinkle a Little Magic

Your support for Barretstown  will give another seriously  ill child like Marlie the chance to experience Barretstown's life changing Therapeutic Programmes.

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.

``Barretstown’s is as important as the chemotherapy we give kids and adolescents with cancer. it’s as important as the care given by nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals. I consider Barretstown a key pillar in how we deliver inclusive comprehensive cancer care to our children and young people in Ireland`` - Prof Owen Smith, Medical Patron

€9 million

Needed in fundraising for 2024

More than 100,000

Campers Served

14

Illness Groups Served