My name is Olivia Kinghorne and myself and my daughter Danielle ran the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon for Team Barretstown in 2015. We are from Clonmellon, Co Westmeath. Danielle has a medical condition and was put forward by her nurse her clinic in Crumlin to attend a summer teen camp with Barretstown in 2014. She had such a great time there she went back again in 2015.
I took up running as a past time about 4 years ago. I do not run in races etc, only for myself to keep fit, It helps relieve daily stress so I try to get out for a run at least twice a week. Danielle does not do much running but she plays football so she's very active. Danielle made the decision to partake in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon as a way to help with her fitness and as she was sitting the junior cert she thought it would be a good way to keep up her fitness between study. She loves a challenge! She didn't get much training in beforehand but was playing her football so she would be fit anyway.
She picked Barretstown to raise funds for as she felt so grateful to them for the wonderful time she had at the summer camp and all the new friends she made.
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 in 1994 the magic of Barretstown has been experienced by over 30,000 campers.
Thank you for the opportunity to share our story.
Olivia and Danielle Kinghorne