07 Jul 2022

Barretstown aims to raise €5m. in five years


Barretstown aims to raise €5m. in five years

Dee Ahearn Barretstown CEO with actors Aidan Gillen and Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Barretstown ambassadors actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Aidan Gillen have launched Barretstown’s ‘Press Play’ campaign in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

The campaign’s aim is to fundraise and raise awareness of Barretstown so it can expand its programmes to serve more children who suffer from serious illness, and their families. Children with serious illness face physical and social challenges often resulting in isolation and loneliness.

Children that come to Barretstown go home with increased confidence, self-esteem and, more importantly, the reassurance that happiness is not just for healthy children.  Childhood stops for seriously ill children. Barretstown aims to bring back the fun of childhood. Over the next five years, the ‘Press Play’ campaign will aim to raise an additional €5 million to ensure that Barretstown can serve as many children as possible.

The Press Play campaign will aim to raise an additional €5 million to ensure that we can serve as many children as possible, said Dee Ahearn, CEO of Barretstown.

“The significance of this can’t be overstated – it is important to remember that hospitals treat the illness, but Barretstown treats the child. They have been doing this free of charge for Irish families for 25 years now. I’m delighted to be here to celebrate the amazing work done by all of Barretstown’s staff and volunteers,” said Aidan Gillen.

“I have visited Barretstown and it’s clear to see that the children who attend camp, leave it with an increased sense of confidence, self-esteem and independence.

Their experience at camp allows them to enjoy childhood again after the hardship of their illness and treatment.

It also allows parents, and the family, gain a deeper understanding of the experience of serious illness.

It’s such a worthy cause because the healing process wouldn’t be complete without it,” added Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. Barretstown opened in Ballymore in 1984.



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