Nine year old Megan Farrell from Middlesbrough has been attending Butterwick House for three years for short breaks so that her mum, dad and sister can take a little time off from their caring responsibilities. Megan needs help to move about and is very restricted in what she can do for herself.
Megan’s mum Julie says: “Megan often plays with the special assisted technologies at the hospice that have been provided by Lifelites. She loves the interaction between herself and staff members as they work through special programs on the computer that stimulate and interest her.
“These include the on screen stories they read together. The care team member reads the story to Megan talking about the characters on the page. Megan’s task is to turn the pages at the right moment. With a normal book Megan would not be able to manage this. But with the huge soft mouse (Gooshy Switch) provided by Lifelites all Megan needs to do to turn the page is tap the mouse.
“There are several other programs which help Megan to interact in a confidence building and empowering way. Her interaction with the care team through the computer tablet helps to build good therapeutic relationships between her and the care team members.”
A brain tumour at the age of six left Heavenly with a number of disabilities, but the equipment provided by Lifelites has opened up a whole new world to her.
Seven year old Samuel has cerebral palsy and is a regular visitor to Acorns for the Three Counties in Worcester.
Brothers Thomas and Connor, aged 9 and 6, were born with life limiting complex congenital heart disease. Each has only half a heart.
Six year old Lois Russell who suffers from severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy was one of the first to try out the technology when Lifelites visited Keech Hospice Care in Luton.
Our technology enhances the lives of thousands of terminally ill and disabled children and young people across the British Isles every day. One of those very special people is Craig.
William Young-Dagg is five years old and visits Butterwick Children’s Hospice in Durham.
Josh is a frequent visitor to Each Anglia Children’s Hospice in Cambridge and a very enthusiastic gamer.