Magical children’s hospice
The team travelled up to Scotland to donate technology to two magical children’s hospices, Rachel House and Robin House. The team had a great time installing the equipment, and the children couldn’t wait to start playing with their new toys! We met a lovely little girl who enjoyed playing with the switch so much that we had to replace the batteries. We also met a young man who loved playing Eagle flight on the Virtual Reality (VR) so much, it was almost impossible to get him off.
We visited Keech, where we provided two young people, Shay and Farhan, with some specialist adaptive controller training. Shay and Farhan are avid gamers, but their conditions have made it difficult for them to continue gaming. However, with the new Xbox adaptive controller all that is about to change! Watch this space for some more exciting news about this!
We made an extra special donation to Naomi House and Jacksplace, who have recently opened their long-term ventilation unit. The long- term ventilation unit is a brand-new facility that delivers round the clock care to children and young people who have recently been ventilated. This can be a very difficult time for families, but the children’s hospice provides a happy and comfortable environment to adjust to life outside of the hospital. The portable technology that we donated, such as the VR and Eyegaze, will make a world of difference to these children, who can sometimes be confined to their beds for up to 18 hours a day.
We also visited hospice at home service, Noahs Ark, for yet another donation drop! Noahs Ark are currently in the process of building a brand new children’s hospice. The new hospice will open in Spring 2019 and will provide the area with a much needed ‘home from home service’. To celebrate, our patron Sarah Ezekiel, joined the party to deliver an inspiring speech using the Eyegaze. The Eyegaze has had a huge impact on children such as 9-year-old Jess, who has Retts syndrome. Jess is non-verbal and only able to move her eyes, she received the Eyegaze over three years ago as part of a previous donation drop, since then it has enabled her to play with her friends, listen to her favourite music and even fight with her sister over what DVD to watch.
We were also busy attending the reception for the Children and Young People Now awards (CYPN awards). While we didn’t win, we were proud to be nominated for the children and young people’s charity of the year award, alongside so many other inspiring organisations. It was a great event, that champions those that work to better the lives of children and young people across the UK.
Freemasons up and down the country have been supporting Lifelites every step of the way, we really value their support and wanted to show our appreciation by paying them a visit to do a presentation to their members. So far this month we’ve been welcomed by Freemasons in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset and West Lancashire to talk about Lifelites and the incredible things we can accomplish with their support. We would love to visit more of you, so please let us know if you’d like us to visit you too.