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PICS: Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Aidan Gillen launch Barretstown’s ‘Press Play’ campaign

Barretstown ambassadors, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Aidan Gillen have launched Barretstown’s ‘Press Play’ campaign.

The aim of the campaign is to raise funds for the charity, so that it can help ill children and their families.

This year’s campaign holds special meaning to the charity as they celebrate their 25th anniversary and aim to raise €5 million through the ‘Press Play’ campaign.

Picture: Brian McEvoy Photography

Picture: Brian McEvoy Photography

Picture: Brian McEvoy Photography

“The significance of today can’t be overstated – it is important to remember that hospitals treat the illness, but Barretstown treats the child. They have been doing this free of charge for Irish families for 25 years now. I’m delighted to be here to celebrate the amazing work done by all of Barretstown’s staff and volunteers,” Aidan said at the event.

Jonathan added: “I have visited Barretstown and it’s clear to see that the children who attend camp, leave it with an increased sense of confidence, self-esteem and independence. Their experience at camp allows them to enjoy childhood again after the hardship of their illness and treatment.”

It also allows parents, and the whole family, gain a deeper understanding of the experience of serious illness.  It’s such a worthy cause because the healing process wouldn’t be complete without it.”

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