Barretstown provides a medically-endorsed programme of arts, adventure and fun activities for children with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Hospitals take care of the physical effects of serious illness. Barretstown helps to heal the emotional scars. The children, who come to Barretstown having spent long periods of time in hospital and having been denied ordinary childhood experiences, rediscover their self-esteem, improve their self-image and often find new skills to help cope with their illness.
Children from 7 to 17 are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and take on challenges as varied as performing on stage or climbing a 40ft tower. It all adds up to Therapeutic Recreation or as we call it Serious Fun!