Barretstown

Barretstown is a specially designed camp that provides therapeutic recreation programmes for children with serious illness and their families.

Children from over 22 countries participate free of charge in a medically-endorsed programme of arts and outdoor adventure that is based on having fun, whilst also aiding their emotional recovery. The programme of activities is designed to restore their confidence and self esteem in a fun environment..

A new 3-year partnership between GSK and Serious Fun Children's Network continues the close relationship between GSK and the organisation, which began with Barretstown back in 1994. To date, GSK have provided over €8m in funding to Barretstown which has helped the charity to rebuild the lives of thousands of children who are coping with serious illness and to provide top class family camp facilities, medical assistance and a new hospital outreach programme. 

GSK’s long-term investment in Barretstown goes far beyond corporate donations; the company runs a number of CSR initiatives with its employees such as its volunteer programme which has seen 350 GSK employees giving their time to Barretstown in a variety of ways, such as providing essential business expertise and training to the Barretstown team and acting as chaperones and translators on the camping programmes.