Brothers Thomas and Connor, aged 9 and 6, were born with life limiting complex congenital heart disease. Each has only half a heart. This means they have a reduced exercise tolerance and are unable to take part in competitive sports which other children their age would take for granted. In 2015 Lifelites donated lots of magical items to Ellenor in Kent, including the Mobile Magic Carpet, a system that projects interactive images and games that children with little or no mobility can play with simply by moving over the picture.
Sharon, Thomas and Connor’s mum, told us: “When Lifelites with the Magic Carpet the boys were chuffed to bits to be able to play a 'real' football match. The carpet is a real leveller, allowing those with limited physical ability to compete and win against anyone and like most little boys it doesn't get much better than scoring a goal past Dad!”
The boys have a number of other medical conditions, both physical and mental. Thomas has recently been diagnosed with autism and suffers from anxiety. He struggles with busy environments and finds it difficult to interact with other children and unfamiliar adults.
Katie Mealy, support worker at Ellenor said: “TheLifelites donations have made a positive impact on our children, boosting not just educational outcomes but overall confidence. The Magic Carpet gives Thomas the confidence to play a football game with a child he did not know. When Thomas’s mum noticed the interaction between the two she was thrilled – it was something she rarely gets to see. Thomas is now sharing his knowledge of the equipment to help others use it.”
Among the latest Lifelites donation to Ellenor were also six of our special iPad packages. Their portability means the staff can use them with the children and young people in their own homes.
Sharon says: “The iPads are great for Connor who has sensory processing disorder which means writing and typing are difficult for him which, in turn, makes him very frustrated. The iPads are easy to use and entertaining which keeps Connor focused on tasks for longer periods of time and the voice activated technology really helps him overcome this barrier.
“We are so grateful to Lifelites and the generosity of those who helped raise the money for all the equipment that the boys love so much.”
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