Each year Christmas FM partners with a charity who becomes our official charity partner for that year. This year it’s the turn of Barretstown.
Christmas FM and Barretstown
Christmas FM wants to “press play” on over 850 days of life changing programmes at Barretstown, rebuilding the lives of seriously ill children.
Christmas FM is aiming to raise funds which will go directly towards Barretstown’s mission of rebuilding the lives of seriously ill children and their families, through life-changing Therapeutic Programmes in a safe, fun and supported environment.
Barretstown was founded by Hollywood actor and philanthropist Paul Newman in 1994 and is modelled on his renowned Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut, USA. It serves children affected by serious illnesses -primarily cancer and serious blood diseases – and their families. Since 1994 it has served over 50,000 campers. 2019 is a hugely important year for Barretstown as it marks its 25th Anniversary.
Barretstown’s mission is to rebuild the lives of children affected by serious illness and their families, through life-changing Therapeutic Recreation Programmes in a safe, fun and supported environment.
Childhood stops for seriously ill children. Through its free, specially-designed camps and programmes, Barretstown brings back the fun of childhood – its services help children to press play on childhood again. To mark its 25th anniversary it launched its nationwide Press Play campaign the aim of which is to achieve its vision that by 2024, every child with a serious illness in Ireland will have the opportunity to avail of one of Barretstown’s therapeutic programmes.
Every year Barretstown needs to raise €5.8 million to run its programmes. The services provided to all of the children and families who come to Barretstown are entirely free of charge, so donations and fundraising efforts are vital for the charity to help more seriously ill children to experience the magic of Barretstown each year. Barretstown is supported by donations and the fundraising efforts of corporate supporters, individuals and community groups. Each year the charity recruits the help of over 2,000 volunteers to help run its programmes.
To learn more about the difference fundraising makes to Barretstown read our 2018 Annual Report (PDF format)
You can make a difference this Christmas by donating.