This month our magical patrons have been raising vital awareness and funds for Lifelites. We've also been hearing how Lifelites-donated magical technology is supporting life-limited and disabled children throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
St Oswald's children's hospice in Newcastle Upon Tyne gave us some insight into how our adaptive iPads have helped life-limited and disabled children overcome isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. The iPads have been used to host online parties via Zoom, they've even organised quiz nights and karaoke! The iPads have also been used to create fun video messages to cheer up the children when they've needed a little pick me up. We love how inventive the staff have been at St Oswald's, their story really drills home the vital role technology plays in creating magical moments for life-limited and disabled children.
At Lifelites we are huge advocates for technology designed to improve physical and mental wellbeing, so earlier this month we promoted the Friendili app. This free app can be used on our adaptive iPads and helps to connect families caring for life-limited and disabled children. These families are particularly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and apps like Friendili help to tackle loneliness and isolation by giving people the power to find and create their own support networks.
We encouraged our incredible supporters to get creative and come up with their own fundraising ideas to help us raise vital funds. It's a particularly difficult time for life-limited and disabled children and their families, so if you'd like to run your own fundraiser you can set up a fundraising page here and seek inspiration from our A-Z of fundraising ideas here.
We depend on magical people like you to give life-limited and disabled children the opportunity to communicate, play, be creative and control something for themselves. Thank you so much for your support!
Britains Got Talent finalist, Jasmine Elcock, kindly performed a Shakespeare monologue to raise vital funds for Lifelites. Her performance is entirely captivating and you can watch it here. We'd like to say a big thank you to Jasmine for fundraising for us at a time when life-limited and disabled children need it the most. If you'd like to donate, you can do so here.
Also, this month Eyegaze artist, Sarah Ezekiel, took part in an interview with the Wellcome Collection, where she discussed the crucial role technology and talent plays in helping disabled artists to create stunning pieces of art. The Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art. It's a really interesting read and we encourage you to check it out here.
Anyone who follows us on social media will know that we love to take part in awareness days! On this occasion we celebrated International Friendship Day to highlight the important role assistive technology plays in helping life-limited and disabled children to connect with others and build magical friendships.
On #InternationalFriendshipDay2020 we want to highlight how Lifelites donated #magicaltechnology helps life-limited and disabled children in hospice care connect with others and build friendships! 😊✨#techtoconnect #Tech4All #FriendshipDay2020 pic.twitter.com/72mh2rCtO9— Lifelites (@LifelitesOrg) July 30, 2020