Will your company be a Magic Maker and spread some Christmas cheer to children like Katie - Mai living with serious illness?
It took just seven words to devastate our lives. “Mum and Dad, your daughter has leukaemia.”
Katie-Mai was three when she was diagnosed just five weeks before Christmas in 2015. What was meant to be the happiest time for the McGonigle family - their first Christmas that all three children, Katie-mai, and her brothers Jack, 7 and Charlie, 5 would really appreciate the magic of Santa - turned out to be the worst of their lives. But it will also take just eight words for your company to help families like Katie-Mai’s - “ Will your company support the magic of Barretstown?
That Christmas was the worst time of our lives. Katie-Mai was so ill, we didn’t know what to expect, and the fear of losing our little girl was overwhelming. Our normal family life was destroyed. We needed something to look forward to
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We ﬁrst experienced the magic of Barretstown through their amazing Outreach team in Crumlin Hospital. They brought some much needed joy and laughter to long hard days ﬁlled with chemo treatment and appointments. To see Katie-Mai smile with the Barretstown team while going through so much meant the world to us, and to her. We were then oﬀered a chance to go to Barretstown and I knew my family needed it, so we jumped at the chance.
``Our family had been blown apart by cancer. Barretstown reminded us how to be together again``.
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The generous support from companies like you meant the McGonigle’s were able to remember what it was like to be together as a happy family again, and for Katie-Mai, Jack and Charlie to remember what it felt like to be carefree children. Barretstown camps are not respite. They are repair. Barretstown camps are not a holiday. They really are an essential part of recovery. The secret of Barretstown is its magic. Therapeutic recreation programmes like this not only make children and families forget the illness and the hardship, but they are proven to help with recovery. Will you become a Magic Maker for a child like Katie - Mai?Donate
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Joy & Magic
Our arts and crafts team are always on hand with paint, facepaint, crayons, craft paper, bracelet beads, feathers and everything you can imagine, to bring out the creative side in each child!
All of our camps and programmes are designed to respond directly to the needs of a child living with a serious illness – both clinical and psychological. Our unique model of challenge, discovery, reflection and success is recognised by paediatricians and psychologists all over the world as an important and necessary component of a child’s treatment.
The loss of control that many children and their families experience as a result of a serious illness can gradually erode confidence, diminish self-esteem, body image and coping skills. We aim to give this back by empowering and encouraging each individual to step out of their comfort zone and begin to re-build their confidence, trust and self-esteem and discover something new about themselves and their ability.
We believe that fun should be an integral part of what we do. Fun and laughter are key ingredients in improving the lives of those affected by serious illness.
Our outreach programme brings the playful spirit of Barretstown beyond the gates of our beautiful castle into hospitals and communities all over the country.