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Laughter is the best medicine

Our charity partner, Barretstown, works to rebuild the lives of children affected by serious illness, and their families, in a safe, fun, and supportive environment.

When Callum was ten years old he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. His life was immediately transformed by the aggressive treatment regimen he needed in order to survive. Over the six months he spent in hospital, Callum’s mother watched as her little boy went from a happy child to one consumed by worry over his own fight for survival.

The first time he visited Barretstown’s residential camp in County Kildare, Callum’s mum was relieved to see her son play in the fresh air, forget his worries, and just have fun. “To hear him laugh again felt like magic,” she said. We arrived at Barretstown almost broken. We left ready to face the world again.”

We arrived at Barretstown almost broken. We left ready to face the world again.

Camper's mother


For children living with cancer and other serious illnesses, life can feel like a constant trek from one hospital room to another. Thanks to Barretstown, these youngsters have a safe place to just be kids. Inspired by the philosophy of actor Paul Newman, Barretstown believes that “healing doesn’t just happen in hospitals and laughter may very well be the best medicine.”

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Kildare Village is partnered with Barretstown as part of The Bicester Village Shopping Collection DO GOOD network of charitable organisations, all of which work to empower women and children. Read more here.