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 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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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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Abbie at Barretstown
Abbie at Barretstown

Dear friend,

When Abbie got ill, it really affected the whole family. Everything changed for everyone in our house.

We couldn’t have people coming in because they might bring in germs, which would be disastrous for Abbie while she was having chemo. That was hard for Abbie’s sisters Leila and Caitlin.

Leila and Caitlin were not allowed to have sleepovers like all their friends. It is just a little thing, I suppose, but it shows how Abbie’s illness has taken its toll on us all in lots of different ways.

But Barretstown made such a huge difference to all of us. When we first came to the family camp, we didn’t know what to expect. I suppose we were maybe a bit anxious about going – but that went out of the window after a couple of hours of being here. We had one of the best weekends we’ve had since Abbie got sick.

There’s just so much we took away from the weekend. It gave Abbie a whole new outlook and showed her that there are things worth looking forward to in life – things that aren’t hospital visits or chemo appointments.

In fact, you could say that Abbie’s stay at Barretstown has really transformed her life. Before her visit, she was so sad and fearful. But now she’s got so much of her energy and enthusiasm back. It’s such a lovely thing to see.

I really think it’s helping her to face the future with more energy and confidence – and that’s got to make it easier for her to get better.

Thank you so much for the support you have given Barretstown, I know from experience just how much of a difference it makes.

Yours truly,


(Camper Mum)

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Dear Friend of Barretstown,

On behalf of the team at Barretstown and the families that will visit us this weekend I would like to wish you a Happy St Patrick's Day.

Childhood stops for seriously ill children but because of your support, at Barretstown we can Press Play on childhood again.

Families always talk of how a diagnosis of serious illness means that normal family life stops, everything becomes about the sick child and the fight to save their life.

Barretstown helps children and their families deal with the emotional and physiological scars often left after months and years of treatment.

The power of your support will press play on a childhood, and a family life again, paused for too long because of a life-threatening illness.

Thank you once again for your support and we all hope you and your family have a very happy St Patrick's Day.

Best wishes from Camp,


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Hello from the Barretstown Team,

The last camp of the year has now taken place in Barretstown and before we leave for the Christmas holidays, I wanted to get in touch to say a massive thank you for your support.

The healing starts for the children and families who attend Barretstown as soon as they enter our gates, and this is only possible because of kind supporters like you.

We often see the children as they arrive at Barretstown. Most of them don't know what to expect. Some are nervous or even scared... but I wish you could see these children as they're leaving camp.

They're re-energised and happy. There's a spring in their step they didn't have when they arrived. They're different... literally transformed. That's because, perhaps for the first time in months or even years, they don't feel like sick children anymore.

One of our campers Dads, Ciaran, recently put it best “It’s like cancer had snuck in and turned off the lights. But Barretstown came and turned the light back on

Barretstown is able to help these children because of kind donors like you.

Once again, on behalf of all of us here, especially the children and families who come to Barretstown, thank you for your support.

Happy Christmas,

From the entire team here at Barretstown

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