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The Liffey Odyssey

The Liffey Odyssey took place in June 2015 as a fundraiser for Barretstown. The organising committee was headed up by Conor Ryan who was involved with Barretstown previously when canoeing was being further developed as a camp activity. The Liffey Odyssey is a canoe tour as opposed to a race and the emphasis was on it being a fun day out.

Rebecca Egan Barretstown

Barretstown has a very special place in my heart

Rebecca Egan is taking part in the Dublin Marathon this year for Barretstown. She has both worked and volunteered at camp. We caught up with Rebecca to find out about her motivation for taking on the 26 miles for Barretstown. I’m from Kells, Co. Meath but have been living abroad for the past year and … Continued

Fundraising – it’s a piece of cake

The recent Dublin Mountains Challenge for Barretstown was a super day. Its success was only made possible by the participants who committed to fundraising and walking the 24km and 42km distances. We spoke to participant Emma Nolan who took part in the 42km as part of team Peak Abu. Emma raised a cool €900, completely surpassing … Continued

A golf event that was serious fun

Barry, Magdalena, Mengjia and Philip are four students from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School who recently held a “Serious Fun” Charity Golf Classic in aid of Barretstown, as part of a project that they had to complete in their course. They held a corporate golf competition in early April and raised a total of … Continued

Barretstown is the happiest place I know

  Former volunteer Will Norton recently organised a Movember fundraising campaign with his classmates in Oxford University. The campaign raised €3,400 and the gang had lots of laughs along the way. Will explains here about what motivated him to fundraise and why Barretstown has a special place in his heart. “Barretstown is the happiest place … Continued

Barretstown changed my life and made me the person I am today

  In January 2010, teenager Louise Johnston was diagnosed with a brain tumour.  Following a successful surgery, the tumour was removed. She underwent intensive physiotherapy over the next few months. Through the medical team who were taking care of her she became aware of Barretstown. As Louise nears her 21st birthday, she reflects on the … Continued

Barretstown came at a time in our lives that was so difficult

Kevin Shortall is running the Dublin Marathon for Barretstown this October. He is following a rigorous programme, training five days a week early in the morning and late at night, and he’s never been happier. Kevin’s motivation for taking part in the marathon and fundraising for Barretstown goes back to the time when his daughter … Continued

“Barretstown provides children with an adventure wonderland”

Guest blog post from mum Geraldine Doyle who attended one of Barretstown’s family camps, and is now an avid runner!   In 2010 the Doyle family’s world went into a tailspin when Max, then 4, was diagnosed with cancer. Long periods of treatment began in Crumlin Hospital and mum Geraldine describes the whole period as … Continued

Barretstown: A Serious Fun Camp!

Guest blog post from Aisling Barrett who recently volunteered at Barretstown Barretstown: Camp Day 1 What can I say, Barretstown is magic…I have no idea what day it is or what time it is but these aren’t important things for the next while. What is important? The children in camp! Smiles! Having fun!!!! I’m working as … Continued

Guest Blog: A Volunteer’s Story

Barry from Dublin volunteered here at Barretstown for the first time at the end of March this year. Volunteering at a family camp, Barry got to work directly with our amazing campers. Barry is in the back row on the right of the photo along with the other fantastic volunteers from his weekend. In our guest … Continued

Guest Blog Post from Hushabye Farm

Saturday, 15th February: Today we had the huge privilege of spending the day as guests of Barretstown Camp, to mark International Childhood Cancer Day and also to celebrate Barretstown’s 20th Anniversary. The guest of honour was President Micheal D Higgens and there was great excitement heading off on our big day out. Barretstown Camp is an … Continued

Work or Volunteer with us in 2014

We are seeking volunteers and camp staff for our 2014 programme. Please visit the volunteer section of the website for all these opportunities.

HOP in Cork University Hospital

The Barretstown Hospital Outreach Programme (HOP) brings the magic of Barretstown to the bedside! Specifically designed to run in hospitals HOP allows children who cannot travel to Barretstown to experience the benefits of the Barretstown programme. Trained volunteers, who have all worked at camp before, set up in the hospital and run activities for the … Continued

A budding engineer has some Serious Fun

Lovely story from a volunteer at HOP in Liverpool last week. Read on… Billy, who was 6 took part in our Hospital Outreach Programme (HOP) in Liverpool last week. Billy saw our giant Jenga game set and straight away asked to play with it. As you can imagine I was under the impression we would … Continued

Volunteer Creche Workers

Do you work in a creche or are you studying Early Childhood Learning or know anyone who is??? We are looking for volunteers to work in our creche for our weekend family camps in the Autumn which start in September. You’ll have great fun, meet a great bunch of people and be helping children with … Continued

We have brand new cottages!

Spring camps are only round the corner now. The snowdrops are out, the crocuses are peaking through, camp staff are recruited and we have been hard at work upgrading existing cottages and building new ones to get ready for campers arriving. All our cottages are getting brand new bathrooms and we have 2 new cottages … Continued

Costume Room gets a make over

Big thank you to the dilligent and very proactive Young Adults Forum who gave our costume room at Barretstown a good ol fashioned make over! And just look what they achieved…Just in time for our Spring families to wreak havoc! [nggallery id=19]

Take on a challenge for Barretstown in 2013

It’s a new year – Why not make 2013 the year that you take on a challenge which will help you get fit and help children with serious illness change their lives. Join Team Barretstown in 2013 and take part in one of many sporting events happening across the country. The feeling when you cross … Continued

Read all about camp from a volunteer’s perspective

Oliver, who volunteered at a family camp in October has written a brilliant account of what happens at camp. He explains just how the magic of Barretstown comes to life and changes lives.   Click here for Oliver’s blog.