Lifelites is the only charity to provide assistive and inclusive technology packages for terminally ill and disabled children in every baby and children’s hospice across the British Isles.
At the training days at Little Harbour in September 2015, members of the care team were all amazed by the cutting edge equipment that will empower young people at the hospice, who have complex and life threatening healthcare needs, to communicate effectively and embrace their creativity.
The technology is specially designed for disabled children and the package includes a number of magical items such as: the revolutionary Eyegaze technology, specialist adapted iPad packages with grip cases and a number of communication and educational apps and the incredible Mobile Magic Carpet.
The Mobile Magic Carpet is a fantastic sensory learning tool with the capacity to engage children of all abilities, meaning no child is left out. The system projects interactive games and images onto the floor that users can play with, simply by moving on or over the projected image. The technology allows a child in bed with little or no mobility to have an image or game projected on a sheet over them which they can play with, or a child with limited mobility having a game projected on a wheelchair table.
Tamsin Lewis, Head of Care at Little Harbour Children’s Hospice said: “We are so grateful to Lifelites for providing this fantastic equipment which the children we care for can enjoy and experience, it really will enhance what we can offer our families here at Little Harbour.”
Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites, said: “We’re so pleased to turn our technological expertise to providing these children with new opportunities. The magical Lifelites package will be used for play, but it will also help develop communication skills. What’s really important is that we’re giving the children a chance to smile and there’s nothing more powerful than that.”
There is a Lifelites project in all 50 baby and children’s hospices across the British Isles. The hospices do not pay anything towards their Lifelites project and all of Lifelites’ work is funded by donations: the equipment, ongoing technical support and training at each hospice costs Lifelites around £50,000 over four years. Support for the package at Little Harbour came from a number of Cornwall Freemasons including Cornwall Masonic Benevolent Fund, King Arthur Lodge and Zetland Lodge.