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 day at Little Havens 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: specialist adapted iPad packages with grip cases and a number of apps, a portable touch screen computer and an Eyegaze package.
The revolutionary Eyegaze makes a computer accessible for disabled young people. Through a sensor, Eyegaze enables them to track their eye movements enabling them to move the cursor around the screen. Children whose carers and families thought they were unable to communicate, can now do so with this magical technology – they can tell their carers what they would like to eat or drink and can even, maybe for the first time, tell their parents that they love them. It means that these children can enter and stay involved in the world around them for as long as it is possible.
Speaking about the donation Director of Care at Little Havens, Helen Forster, says, “This new equipment from Lifelites is a fantastic addition to the care we provide at Little Havens. We care for babies, children and teenagers from 0-19 who have a variety of complex conditions which can effect how they communicate. This new Lifelites equipment will give them more independence and allow them to communicate in a different way and is all part of the holistic care we provide at Little Havens.”
Simone Enefer-Doy chief executive of Lifelites, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to come back here for the fourth time to give Little Havens another magical package of technology for the children. As well as more laughter and smiles, we’re well on the way to providing Eyegaze at over a quarter of children’s hospices in the British Isles, including Little Havens children’s hospice.”
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 Havens came from a number of Essex Masonic Lodges including 8Aid, Easterford Lodge, Seven Kings Lodge and Essex Mason Trust.