Magical new patrons
We are delighted to announce that Michael Grade has agreed to become Lifelites’ newest patron at a time where life-limited and disabled children are particularly at risk of Covid-19.
Lord Grade is well-known for his roles as CEO of Channel 4, Chairman of the BBC as well as the online food delivery company Ocado and later Executive Chairman of ITV. From 2015 to 2019, he was Chairman of the Charity Fundraising Regulator, where he aimed to improve public trust and confidence in charity fundraising.
We are delighted with Lord Grade’s decision to be Lifelites’ newest patron. It will give our small charity the opportunity to increase our public profile and share our work with a wider audience.
We're so happy to have Michael on-board and look forward to working with him.
We are running our Lifelites Worlds Biggest Games Day fundraiser! We are calling for all our supporters to host their own games day with their family and friends, in their homes or online.
We know that the coronavirus has been a challenging time for everyone, so we thought a lovely way to raise some money would be to play some games and create some smiles with our loved ones! We'd like to give a special shoutout to Faith, an amazing 8 year old who got involved by playing Minecraft and raised money for Lifelites. Life-limited and disabled children depend heavily on our magical technology to play with their loved ones too, so if you'd like to participate and/or donate, you can still do so here!
We also held another magical fundraiser, the #Twopointsixchallenge! The 2.6 challenge was initiated by London Marathon organisers in response to the coronovirus pandemic that has forced the world into lockdown and cancelled the 40th annual London Marathon. The London Marathon is an opportunity for runners to raise vital funds for charities; the organisers weren't about to let such a brilliant opportunity slip by, so the 2.6 challenge was born.
The Lifelites team decided to challenge themselves and our supporters to 26 hours technology free on the 26th of April, that's no phones, tablets, laptops or TV. The whole team got involved and while doing so, experienced what it's like for the life-limited and disabled children that depend on our magical technology to communicate, play and control something for themselves. We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who's donated. If you'd like to donate, you can do so here.
Meanwhile, some of our supporters were busy running fundraisers of their own, such as our amazing patron Rick Wakeman aka Grumpy Old Rick. His appeal has raised an incredible £42,785 to donate assistive technology to life-limited & disabled children using children's hospice services across the British Isles! We'd like to say a very big thank you to all London Freemasons who've made this possible!
We'd also like to thank the Freemasons at the Cheshire Provincial Grand Lodge for their ongoing support. They have recently featured us as part of their 52 Weeks 52 Charities initiative, where every week they use their platform to raise the profile of a different charity. Our CEO, Simone Enefer-Doy, used the opportunity to explain how this funding helps them deliver magical results for children in hospices. You can watch it on Facebook here.
All this fundraising left you feeling inspired? If you'd like to fundraise for Lifelites you can get involved here!
Magical media coverage
Our CEO, Simone Enefer-Doy, was called out for being a 'corona hero' by the Daily Mail and took part in an interview. She spoke about how Lifelites changes the world for life-limited and disabled children with our magical technology. We'd like to send our thanks to the Daily Mail for featuring us! You can check out the interview here.
We were also thrilled to be featured in the Digital Health's industry news with our spearheading conference on assistive technology for life-limited & disabled children using hospice services! Thank you to Digital Health for including us. You can read their newsletter here.
Also, our magical patron, Sarah Ezekiel, shared her inspiring story about using the magical Eyegaze technology to create beautiful art with AT today. You can read about her story here.