London was built for days like these. Amongst the cheering crowds along the Victoria embankment, a throng of supporters for Lifelites had gathered to cheer our heroes along. Several thousand pounds were raised by a team of 11, some of whom were running for their first time.
Deri Jones, Lifelites fundraising assistant, said “It’s been a wonderful effort by all involved. The runners were fantastic. Some of them broke personal bests and there were some great rivalries too! But most importantly from our point of view, we’ve raised a load of money for charity.”
“The donation pages are still live, so we won’t know the final total until later next month, but we’ve already raised several thousand pounds. We’ll definitely be doing this again next year.”
Ed Beardsell was running in his first race "It was a great challenge," the online marketor said "but the weather was lovely and the crowds were fantastic. I've really enjoyed fundraising for the charity too, a lot of my colleagues and friends have been inspired by the work Lifelites do."
Runners also included Laura Gill, representing one Lifelites corporate partners, Surevine.
Are you interested in running for Lifelites? Lifelites are keen to build on the success of this event and have already signed up to similar runs next year.
“The race also marked the start of the Lifelites’ Running Club.” Explained Deri “We’ve had a lot of interest in a number of races so we thought we’d register for more races and raise even more money for Lifelites than we have this year.” He explained “If you’re interested in running for charity in races like this one or the London Marathon, visit our website and sign up to the Runner’s Club. We’d love to have you on board!” For more information on getting involved with Lifelites, contact Deri Jones. Call 0207 440 4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Lifelites Package at Demelza South East
There was cause for celebration at Demelza South East London Children's Hospice this week as the children’s technology charity Lifelites installed a brand new package of fun and educational technology.
With children already playing with the technology around her, Lifelites chief executive, Simone Enefer-Doy, was on hand to formally present the package at a small event held on Wednesday 23 May.
Lifelites provides and maintains fun and educational technology for children in all 44 of the UK’s children’s hospices. Their packages, which also include staff training and ongoing technical support cost around £35,000 and are renewed every four years.
Simone said, “You can see the children are already having fun. It’s great, but what they might not realise is that they’re learning as well. And that’s really important: this technology will form a vital part of helping these children to communicate, express themselves and it will help some of them take control.”
Steve Hoy, Chief Executive of Demelza said: “The new equipment will really make a difference to the young people who use Demelza’s hospice in Eltham. The specially adapted computers means that whatever a child’s disability they will have access to the technology that others their age are able to use.
The new equipment will be used for education as well as lots of fun! A big thank you to Lifelites for making this possible.” Simone said, “It’s great to have our first package of 2012 installed and ready to go. We were last installing a package at Demelza South East nearly four years ago, and the Lifelites’ technology has moved on a lot since then.”
Lifelites’ innovation was recognised last year when they were announced as Overall Winners of the Technology4Good Awards. Their packages contain state-of-the-art technology, and much of it is built with disability in mind.
Simone said, “We must continue to innovate, and make sure that the latest technology is accessible to children in hospices. I have the best job in the world. I’ve seen severely disabled children begin to communicate because of the technology that Lifelites provides,and that was all the evidence I needed that technology can change children’s lives.”