From 2006 onward, Fundación Aladina has forged a close partnership with the Serious Fun Children’s Network—an inspiring collective of camps for children facing serious illnesses, founded by the legendary Paul Newman.
Fuelled by the generosity of our donations, over 200 Spanish children and teenagers grappling with cancer embark on an enchanting journey each year—a week that transcends the ordinary, nestled within the extraordinary summer camps: Barretstown in Ireland and Dynamo Camp in Italy.
Thanks to Aladina's unwavering dedication, these 200 young souls revel in the magic of an exceptional summer camp experience, free of any financial burden. Both Barretstown and Dynamo Camp come alive with wonder, providing not only exhilarating activities but also top-tier medical care, all enveloped within a nurturing cocoon of safety and support.
For these young adventurers, it's a week of soaring spirits, forging friendships, and etching cherished memories—truly the essence of joy in the midst of their courageous battles.
Nestled in the Irish hills, in beautiful natural surroundings, Barretstown is a magical castle donated by the Irish Government.
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.
Children from all over Europe come to Barretstown for a week of life-changing experiences.
For over 10 years, Aladina has had a close relationship with Barretstown, making it possible for more than 200 Spanish children and teens with cancer to visit each summer and enjoy an unforgettable vacation.
Horseback riding, canoeing, climbing, archery, art and crafts, dancing, and plays are just some of the fun activities our children enjoy. But most importantly they get to have fun, make new friends, forget about their illness and just be kids.
The camp’s facilities include the Aladina-funded “Aladina Center” (2013), an extensive play area in one of the buildings, in addition to a modern film studio (2021) for the use and enjoyment of children and adolescents.
This wonderful camp is located near Florence in Italy’s Tuscan region. It welcomes children with cancer and other serious illnesses from Italy, Spain and the middle East.
Since 2017, more than 50 Spanish kids with cancer have enjoyed an incredible week of summer camp in Dynamo, completely free of charge , thanks to a financial contribution from the Fundación Aladina.
The camp’s program of recreational therapy, sports, and outdoor activities (including pet therapies), helps children and teens regain self-confidence, make friends and go back home full of energy and will to live.