No Tech Day Challenge
On Sunday the 28th March we'll be challenging ourselves and our supporters to go a whole day without technology to raise the funds needed to provide all children using hospice services in the British Isles with magical assistive technology. Thanks to technology we've been able to stay connected with our loved ones through the toughest days of lock-down but the children we support need technology every single day. We want you to put down your tech, so that those who depend on it to play, communicate with their loved ones and control something for themselves, can pick it up. It's a lovely opportunity to take a break from our devices, reconnect with the world around us and raise money at the same time. Every day counts for these children and we don't want them to miss a single magical moment.
If you'd like to get involved, you're welcome to join our No Tech Gang on our Lifelites JustGiving page or if you'd prefer, email firstname.lastname@example.org for a sponsorship form. You can read more about our plans for the day here.
Magical donation drop
We've been incredibly busy dropping off and installing magical packages of assistive technology at children's hospices across the British Isles. We've also been managing to train the wonderful staff who work there via Zoom, so life-limited and disabled children can have the most fun possible with the new tech. This month we have visited Bluebell Wood in Sheffield, Jessie May in Bristol, Charlton Farm in Somerset, Demelza in South East London, Chestnut Tree House in Sussex and Claire House in The Wirral.
We also made a very special donation to Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough. Zoë’s Place- of which there are three- are the only baby specific hospices in the UK and provide specialist care for children and babies up to the age of 5. Our bespoke package included the magical POD pop up sensory tent which is big enough to allow parents to climb in with their babies to enjoy the calming sights and sounds together.
None of these donations would be possible without the help of the amazing supporters who choose to step up for their communities.
Our Chief Executive Simone was the invitation speaker at a video meeting of the Kent Club Freemasons this month. In a first for Lifelites, also in attendance were many members from the Women Freemasons' Fraternity HFAF. Thanks to the wonders of technology, they came from as far afield as The US and Gibraltar. The Right Worshipful Brother, Maxine Sherman, Assistant Grand Master welcomed their members. Ivor Macklin of the Kent Club put Simone through her paces with an amusing exchange charting the development of the charity and the current fundraising challenges. Various pledges of support have followed.
We'd like to thank the Hertfordshire Mark Master Masons, who kindly donated £3,750 so we can help create more magical moments for life-limited and disabled children in Hertfordshire.
We'd also like to say a big thank you to the Shanly Foundation, who donated £2,000 so we can continue to provide life-limited and disabled children with magical assistive technology at Helen & Douglas House children’s hospice in Oxfordshire.
Finally, we'd like to extend a massive THANK YOU to The Peter Harrison Foundation, for their incredible donation of £25,000 which helped us to donate an incredible package of magical technology for the children at Chestnut Tree House.