Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Freemasons of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Lifelites continued to spread its magic this week by donating a brand new package of specialist technology for the children who are cared for by the new Isle of Wight’s unique children’s end of life care partnership
The new Lifelites package included many magical items such as: specialist iPad packages, Beamz music system, Eyegaze and the brand new Mobile Magic Carpet which can taken by the Children’s Service staff on their visits to the children’s own homes.
Speaking after a special event to celebrate the new package, Simone Enefer-Doy chief executive of Lifelites, said: “When young Chelsea came into the room I asked a member of staff if we could get her using Eyegaze and was told that she wouldn't be able to use it because they were unsure what her capabilities were. However, after have a bit of a play with the Beamz, a chuckle at the Elmo toy peekaboo and a go at some of the iPad apps they decided to give Eyegaze a try. Almost immediately, Chelsea’s eyes were drawing lines on the screen and the possibilities for using the equipment started to become obvious. The staff and her mum were curious to find out what she could see as they were unsure how much sight she has.” They said: “We’ll be able to see how much she really knows about what's going on. Maybe she'll be able to communicate with us. This could be just life changing for her.”
The hospice staff took to social media to express their utter joy and excitement in receiving the technology. One of the care staff said: “Thank you to all the team for this amazing donation, the training was brilliant, we are sure the children we spend out working days with are going to love the equipment as much as we do. Another stated: “This amazing donation will enhance the services that we offer children and their families so much.”
Mike Wilks, Provincial Grand Master for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons:“Freemasons across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are proud to support Lifelites. With Lifelites help and technology, the children on the island can express themselves and take enjoyment in technology like the majority of healthy children and young people do.”