Applegreen delivers €550k donation for Barretstown

The funds will pay for 300 children with cancer or serious illnesses and their families for a weekend family programme at the Barretstown residential campus in Co Kildare



21 March 2024

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Children’s charity Barretstown is to receive an additional $600,000 (€550,000) in funding from their partnership with Applegreen, bringing the total committed donation from the Applegreen association to more than €1.5 million. 

The extra funds will pay for 300 children with cancer or other serious illnesses and their families to experience a life-changing weekend family programme at the Barretstown residential campus in Co Kildare.

Last week, Applegreen chief executive Joe Barrett secured a $300,000 (€276,513) donation to Barretstown at the inaugural Blackstone Gives Back Challenge, as part of the Blackstone CEO Conference in New York. New York-based investment manager Blackstone is the main shareholder in Applegreen. 

Blackstone Charitable Foundation

The Blackstone Gives Back Challenge had previously operated as an internal employee competition, but this year it was opened to Blackstone portfolio companies as a global grant competition for the first time. The competition allowed them to nominate charities to receive support from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, and as part of the challenge, Blackstone portfolio companies initially pitched their individual charity partnerships, and a shortlist of the best projects was selected. 

Applegreen came first and won the $300,000 donation from Blackstone. At the event, Barrett announced that Applegreen would match the Blackstone donation, guaranteeing an additional $600,000 in funds for Barretstown. 

Applegreen committed to a €1 million three-year partnership with Barretstown last year.

Joe Barrett, chief executive, Applegreen, said: “Members of our team volunteer to help at Barretstown and we also support the charity’s marketing activities. We will continue to work tirelessly to support Barretstown over the remaining 21 months of our partnership, both by continuing our own fund raising activities, and also by encouraging our customers to donate.”

Dee Ahearn, chief executive, Barretstown, said: Demand for our therapeutic programmes has never been higher, and we must raise €9 million per year to meet the needs of over 22,000 children and family members, so these additional funds from Applegreen and Blackstone are hugely welcome.”

Maura Pally, executive director, Blackstone Charitable Foundation, said: “It was an honour for the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to present Applegreen with a $300,000 contribution for its charity partner Barretstown. To see Applegreen immediately match that donation with an additional $300,000 for Barretstown was truly amazing.”

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