Barretstown was founded by Hollywood actor Paul Newman in 1994 after the success of his Hole In The Wall Camps in the USA. Barretstown offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness – supported behind the scenes by 24 hour on site medical and nursing care. Our camps and programmes have a profound effect and lasting impact on our campers and their families. After participating, children go home with increased confidence, self-esteem and more importantly the reassurance that happiness is not just for healthy children. Barretstown has grown from serving 124 children in a marquee in 1994 to over 30,000 children and their families from across Europe. The site has grown to offer a first-class facility for children with serious illness with an excellent medical centre and a unique therapeutic programme backed by the medical community.
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