Barretstown unveiled as WNL charity partner
With captains from the nine clubs represented at a photocall, the Irish charity which caters for children with serious illness will be officially endorsed by the League for the upcoming campaign.
WNL Committee Chairperson Myles Kelly welcomed the partnership by saying: "The Women’s National League are delighted to team up with Barretstown as our National League Charity Partner for the 2020 season.
"This is the first charity partner for the Women’s National League. We recognise the work that Barretstown is doing for young people who have been diagnosed with serious illnesses. Barretstown is a non-profit charitable organisation providing their services free of charge to all of the children who attend their camps.
"The Women’s National League hopes that our connection with Barretstown will help raise the profile of the great work being done by Barretstown in Ballymore Eustace, County Kildare."
Barretstown CEO Dee Ahearn said: "We are thrilled that the FAI’s Women’s National League has selected Barretstown as their charity of choice for the upcoming season.
"The COVID-19 crisis means that children with a serious illness, like those who come to Barretstown, who are immune-compromised, are currently even more isolated. That also means they need our therapeutic programmes now more than ever. We rely almost entirely on donations and the fundraising efforts of individuals, community groups and partnerships like this to ensure that we can continue to provide our programmes to children living with a serious illness.
"We are looking forward to working with the League over the coming months to help us reach new supporters and ultimately to Press Play on the lives of children living with a serious illness and their families."
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.
All of the children and families come to Barretstown free of charge. Everything, including accommodation, food and medical assistance are provided at no cost to the family.
Barretstown is supported by donations and the fundraising efforts of corporate supporters, individuals and community groups.
Barretstown is recognised as a centre of excellence in childhood cancer care and other serious illnesses. Children are referred to Barretstown based on their medical needs.
Since first opening their gates in 1994, Barretstown have catered for over 60,000 campers.