Winner: Barretstown Children’s Charity, Co. Kildare

Summary

Barretstown offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness while supported behind the scenes by 24 hour on site medical and nursing care. Founded by Paul Newman in 1994, Barretstown has grown from serving 124 children in 1994 to over 2,500 children and their families plus an additional 2,800 through our Hospital Outreach Programmes. The mission is to rebuild the lives of children affected by serious illness, and their families, through a life changing Therapeutic Recreation programme in a safe, fun and supportive environment. All of the children and families come to Barretstown free of charge. Everything, including accommodation, food and medical assistance are provided at no cost. Fundraising and 1,700 volunteers help provide the Barretstown programme. Barretstown is recognised as a centre of excellence in childhood cancer care and other serious illnesses and is endorsed by leading medical professionals.

Group Contact: Jane Leavy jane.leavy@barretstown.org