Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back

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Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back
Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back
Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back
Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back
Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back
Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back
Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back
Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back
Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back
Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back
Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back
Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back
Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back
Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back
Give Seriously ill Children their Childhood Back

Dear Friend,

I hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well as we enter this new year. Hopefully, like the team here in Barretstown, you’re looking ahead to the future with a sense of optimism for all 2021 has to offer.

2020 was undoubtedly an unprecedented year in the history of Barretstown, with the COVID-19 pandemic spreading so much fear, hardship and uncertainty for so many. In a way, the crisis has given us a glimpse into the lives of the families we serve who are living with serious illness and what they go through on a regular basis. So many continually live with the fear of infection and miss out on normal life events that we can often take for granted. Postponing our traditional camp programmes and closing our gates temporarily for these families was an extremely difficult decision for us to make, but an incredibly important step in ensuring the safety of all those we serve and will continue to serve in 2021. 

But while 2020 has provided its fair share of challenges, it has also been a year of great resilience and hope.

You, and so many of our incredible supporters, have continued to show us just how much you care for the work we do here at Barretstown, and for the families who need our support. Without your continued generosity and kindness, we would not have been able to deliver our innovative new Barretstown Live programmes which helped families to continue to engage with us during a time when they needed us most. Campers could enjoy our therapeutic programmes from the safety of their homes or hospital beds, without fear or risk of infection.

Despite the significant challenges we faced in 2020 through the temporary closure of our site and a significant shortfall in our income, we were able to reduce costs by over 30%, allowing us to serve over 6,900 campers, including many who would not have been able to attend Barretstown due to their diagnosis. Barretstown continued to play a vital role in helping families living with a serious illness.

Your support made it possible for us to serve these families in 2020 and will continue to help us serve families throughout 2021. 

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2021.

Dee Ahearn,
CEO, Barretstown 

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Lucy and the Med Shed Team
Lucy and the Med Shed Team

When 13-year old Lucy came to camp last summer, she was the first child with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) at Barretstown. Lucy's condition means her bones break extremely easily. To try and stop this from happening, Lucy has metal rods in the main bones of her arms and legs that support her bones. She has to be extremely careful everywhere she goes - or risk painful fractures.

But that didn't stop her from coming to Barretstown. It was the first time Lucy had ever been anywhere without her parents for a whole week, and the first time we had ever welcomed a child with OI to camp. Understandably, Lucy and her mum, had concerns about the extensive care Lucy would need at camp. But, because of our Barretstown Med Shed we were able to put their minds at rest.

For children like Lucy, our Med Shed is the key to a world of magic. Your support and donations have helped to keep our open Med Shed open for our future campers.

 `` Barretstown Empowered Lucy. Even though Lucy was the first child with her condition to go to Barretstown, that didn't bother them. I think the Med Shed could handle anything, really. It's essential for families like ours`` - Lucy’s Mum.

Without the Med Shed, so many campers wouldn't be able to come to Barretstown to experience our life-changing therapeutic camps and programmes. The team of volunteer doctors and nurses make sure they're able to meet our campers' medical needs - so they can relax and have the time of their lives at camp.

Right now, the Med Shed is more important than ever. With so many children like Lucy at risk of Covid-19, we need to ensure our Med Shed is fully operational, and we wouldn't be able to do that without your help.

Thank you so much for your continued support and for helping to ensure children like Lucy can have the time of their life at Barretstown.

Best wishes,


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As one of our valued donors, we want to share an update from Barretstown Camp with you.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Barretstown team had to make the very difficult decision to postpone our residential camps. But, we are determined to keep the Barretstown magic alive.

Our Barretstown families are amongst the most vulnerable in society and even more isolated than usual by Covid-19. To ensure we can continue to support our Barretstown families during this hard time we have created our new Barretstown Live programmes.

These programmes will be delivered every Saturday to families who were due to come to camp in Barretstown and will continue to run for the foreseeable future. In advance of participating in these programmes, families will receive a ‘Barretstown Live’ kit which will contain everything they need to participate.

We have also extended our hospitals' programme to bring some Barretstown magic to the children who are feeling the effects of COVID-19 restriction on visitors even more so than ever before. With playrooms closed and tighter restrictions around hospital movement, these children have been in desperate need for some serious play, which is exactly what our outreach team have been able to facilitate through the Barretstown Live initiative.

Covid-19 restrictions, mean our campers need Barretstown’s therapeutic programmes now more than ever. We would like to thank you for your support, because without it, our new programmes would not be possible.

Thank you on behalf of the entire Barretstown team,


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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,


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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,

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Location: Co Kildare - Ireland
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Twitter: @Barretstown?ref_src=twsrc%5Ego
Project Leader:
Blathnaid Harney
Co Kildare, Ireland
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