Every Christmas, 30 million batteries are bought in Ireland, so let’s recycle as many as we can to help support Batteries for Barretstown! Take a look at this heartwarming video and see just what Barretstown can do for seriously ill children and their famillies.
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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. It serves children affected by serious illnesses – primarily cancer and serious blood diseases – and their families.
Fantastically, the European Recycling Platform (ERP) are funding Barretstown’s energy costs for three years through the ‘Batteries for Barretstown’ campaign, so the more batteries recycled the better!
In a video to launch the campaign, we see the story of Ashleigh, the sick little girl whose energy was as low as a dead battery, but through the power of positivity came back fully charged from Barretstown.
The video encourages people to think of sustainability around Christmas time, when there are lots of new toys and old batteries in abundance, and encourage them to recycle any only batteries they may have around the house.
While the mixture of live action and illustrations is an uplifting and heartwarming video for Christmas, it tells the story of a real little girl.
Ashleigh was seven when she was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2010. When Ashleigh was on The Late Late Show back in 2014, she said that before Barretstown she felt like a dead battery, tired and run down, but when she came back from Barretstown she was fully charged”.
Barretstown celebrates everyone who passes through their gates, and provides them with fun activities to take part in, with lots of opportunities to make new friends. Families are also supported by the high octane, positive volunteers and staff that help out at each camp. Everyone is in the same boat and Ashleigh described Barretstown as “the best place she has ever been to”.
Ashleigh is now seventeen and has thankfully recovered. She lives with her family in Lucan, County Dublin.
How You Can Get Involved With Batteries for Barretstown
Benji Bennett is the children’s book author of the popular Adam’s Cloud series, and has three kids – Harry, Robbie and Molly – with his wife, Jackie. The loss of their four-year-old son Adam in 2007 inspired him to write the Adam’s Cloud series of books, the message of which is about ‘bringing families closer’.
Benji is a Barretstown ambassador and was really excited to write Ashleigh’s story as he believes the Barretstown therapeutic family days really helped him when they lost Adam.
You can get involved with Batteries for Barretstown too, by recycling your old batteries. The campaign runs in eight counties – Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Dublin Fingal, Limerick, Cavan, Clare and Kerry – with promotional battery collection points in local authority recycling centres, schools, libraries and retail outlets.
There are also free recycling events taking place nationwide. In addition, anywhere that sells batteries must legally have a recycling collection point, so you will still be able to recycle your batteries in other counties around the country.
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Have you recycled your batteries in aid of Batteries for Barretstown? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!