From 2011 to 2015 our camper numbers grew by 149%, in part due to the introduction of our Outreach Programmes, whilst our costs only increased by 9.5%

Hospitals treat the illness, Barretstown treats the child

Higher rates of cancer diagnosis and improved survival rates are leading to an increase in demand for our services, as more and more children and families face the long road through treatment.

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

The Barretstown programme is endorsed by leading medical professionals and has become internationally recognised as having a profound and lasting impact on the lives of children with serious illness.

After participating, children go home with increased confidence, self-esteem and the skills they need to face the rest of their journey to recovery.

Where our money comes from

This pie charts highlights our income sources for 2015. As you will see we receive just 3% funding from the government, so fundraising is vital to ensure we can continue to help families living with cancer and serious illness.

Barretstown Funding Pie Chart

Camper numbers by year

Every year we strive to increase our camper numbers to reduce our waiting lists and meet the needs of the increasing number of children in Ireland with cancer and serious illness.

In 2015 we welcomed over 2,700 campers here to Barretstown and brought the magic of camp to over 2,500 campers in hospitals, schools and communities around Ireland through our Outreach Programmes. That’s over 5,200 campers in 2015, an increase of over 500 on 2014.

In 2016 our ambitious plans continue.

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Our numbers are rising!

From 2011 to 2015 our camper numbers grew by a staggering 165%, in part due to the introduction of our Outreach Programmes. During this time our costs increased by just 9.5%.

We constantly look at ways to improve our camps and programmes, while keeping our costs as low as possible, without ever compromising our services.


Celebrating 35,000 campers since 1994

Since Barretstown first opened its gates in 1994, we have welcomed over 35,000 campers, with over 5,200 last year alone.

In 1994 120 campers experienced the magic of Barretstown, we now welcome 120 campers for each camp!

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2015 - A record breaking year!

2,700 campers on site in Barretstown and another 2,500 experienced the magic of camp beyond the castle gates through our Outreach Programmes – a record breaking year


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