Barretstown and Christmas FM partner up for 2019 season
To cap off the charity's 25th anniversary, Barretstown has been named as charity partner for Christmas FM for 2019. The festive radio station has set a fundraising target of €250,000 for the charity, which provides support and assistance to children with serious illnesses.
27 August 2019
Barretstown, the charity organisation the serves children and families affected by serious illnesses, has been announced as the official charity partner of Christmas FM ahead of the station’s 2019 launch.
Christmas FM says its aim is to raise in excess of €250,000 for Barretstown this year, which will go towards the charity’s mission of rebuilding the lives of seriously ill children and their families, through life-changing therapeutic programmes and activities in fun, safe and supportive environment. These services are provided entirely free of charge, so donations and fundraising efforts are vital for the work Barretstown does each each year.
2019 marks Christmas FM’s 12th year on the air. In that time, it has raised almost €2m for its respective chosen charities. The station’s own costs are covered by sponsors, meaning every cent of on-air donations goes directly to Barretstown.
Garvan Rigby, co-founder of Christmas FM, said the organistion is very happy to have forged a partnership with Barretstown. “Christmas FM creates a feel-good festive factor that is unrivalled anywhere else,” he said, “and we look forward to sharing that with everyone at Barretstown – campers, parents, staff and volunteers – as well as our listeners.”
Barretstown was founded by Hollywood actor and philanthropist Paul Newman in 1994 and is modelled on his renowned Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut, USA. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Barretstown has served over 50,000 campers since it opened its doors to the Irish public.
Dee Ahearn, CEO of Barretstown, said the charity was thrilled to be chosen as Christmas FM’s charity partner for 2019. “It really will be the perfect end to what has been a hugely exciting 25th anniversary year for us,” said Ahearn.