Project #23166

Help us bring more children to Barretstown

by The Barretstown Gang Camp Fund


Hospitals treat the illness, Barretstown treats the child: Barretstown offers free, medically endorsed camps and programmes that are designed for children and their families living with cancer and serious illness - all supported behind the scenes by 24 hour on site medical and nursing care.
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Barretstown was founded in 1994 by Hollywood Legend Paul Newman. The moment he saw Barretstown Castle he knew this was the place he wanted to set up his first European Camp where, in his own words, "children from different countries could raise a little hell together." Barretstown has grown from serving 124 children in 1994 to over 2,200 children and their families in 2015. It costs $5m per year to run Barretstown in total. We would love to raise $50,000 through the Global Giving network !


Since Barretstown first opened its doors in 1994 we have served over 30,000 campers from Ireland and overseas. In that time we have helped many children and their families cope with the emotional effects of a serious illness - through our unique approach to Therapeutic Recreation - with very positive, profound and lasting results.

Long-Term Impact

The Therapeutic Recreation programme brings campers through a fun, activity based process of challenge, success, reflection and discovery. Children take part in fun, entertaining and exciting challenges. They experience success in overcoming these challenges. They reflect on their experiences and make discoveries about their true potential. And most importantly they go home with increased confidence, self-esteem, independence and new friendships.

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This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

The Barretstown Gang Camp Fund

Location: Co Kildare - Ireland
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Mark Hughes
Co Kildare, Ireland
$5,279 raised of $50,000 goal
49 donations
$44,721 to go
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