Feb 20, 2020

Thank you from our Barretstown Families

Dear Friend,

Because of support like yours, this weekend we are able to welcome twenty-six families from across the country to our first Barretstown Bereavement Family Camp of the year.

Bereavement weekends at Barretstown offer the whole family a supportive environment within which they can spend quality time together, find support, share their experience of loss and find ways to look to the journey ahead.

This programme helps families to heal and offers them the support of our onsite bereavement counsellors. This programme is vital for every family that will attend and your recent gift has helped to make this possible.

You have done something wonderful for these families. You have helped bring them to Barretstown, a place where they can begin to look to their journey ahead and for this we are forever grateful for your support!

Best wishes from the whole team at Barretstown,


Dec 2, 2019

Cancer doesn't know it's Christmas

Dear Friend of Barretstown,

This year your gift has helped to bring a child like Patrick, who is fighting cancer this Christmas to experience one of Barretsotown’s magical and life-changing camps.

If you’re lucky, you have a child like Patrick in your life. A live wire. Someone whose smile lights up the house, and whose laughter fills every room with warmth.

But four years ago, just before Christmas, Patrick got really sick and his house went quiet. And it stayed that way for a very long time.

Because that Christmas his family was given the news that no family ever wants to hear. News that tears families apart. Once a healthy and vibrant little boy, Patrick was diagnosed with leukaemia.

What followed was three and a half incredibly tough and painful years. Everything got put on hold. His families’ lives. Patrick’s childhood. The big pause button was pressed.

But Barretstown helped them all find a reason to smile, and even laugh again. Barretstown helped to press play on Patrick’s childhood again. And so did you by supporting Barretstown this year!

You have done something wonderful for children like Patrick this Christmas. You have helped bring them to Barretstown, a place where they can forget about their illness for a while, have fun, and do all the things that make childhood so special and magical.

You have helped to build them back up again. Thank you!

From the whole team at Barretstown,

Sep 6, 2019

Meet our amazing camper - Aidan

Aidan was just four years old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. That’s when his family was plunged into a nightmare of fear and anxiety. Aidan’s dad, recalls the turmoil he and his wife, went through: “Our world broke to pieces. Aidan started treatment. It was all a blur for me and Leonie. We didn’t want to believe it. How could our little boy have cancer?”

Through years of grueling treatment, Aidan desperately needed something to look forward to. As his Dad explained, Barretstown plays a big part in helping seriously ill children like Aidan to remain optimistic:

“They need to know they have Barretstown to look forward to. A child who has cancer needs to know there’s a place where they can go and have fun, be happy, and feel like a regular child again.”

Aidan found out for himself just how life changing a trip to Barretstown can be – not just for a seriously ill child, but for their whole family – when he came to stay with us for a Spring weekend family camp. His Dad told us: “Even though we had to leave Barretstown, the happy memories Aidan made in camp haven’t left him. It’s like cancer had snuck in and turned off the light. But Barretstown came and turned the light back on – not just for Aidan, but for all of us.”

Today, Aidan is going from strength to strength. He and his family spent time living in Australia (where Leonie is from originally) from November 2017 until this March – and Aidan and his sister loved the sunshine and the pool. The family were back at Barretstown family camp in early June and had a brilliant time. Leonie told us: “Aidan is going into 4th class, so finishing up 3rd currently! He loves lunch break and maths, particularly maths games. He ­ finished his treatment in March last year, and that made three and a half years of treatment in total.

A huge thank you, to you, the Barretstown supporters who helped Aidan make it through the tough times and into a happier life.

Best wishes from camp,

The Barretstown Team

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