This month we dropped off donations to four magical children’s hospices and kicked off this year’s Enable Gaming project.
It has been a particularly busy month for our training and installing team, as we dropped donations off at four magical children’s hospices; Claire House, Jigsaw, Saint Francis and Keech.
Every second counts for these children, and the technology which Lifelites has donated can help them to do things they never thought possible. They can play games with their friends, be creative with art and music, control something for themselves and communicate with their family, perhaps for the very first time. Most importantly it can help them create and record precious memories which will be treasured by their loved ones forever.
The young people at Keech Hospice Care and Jigsaw were some of the first hospices in the country to receive a donation of Virtual Reality (VR) technology from Lifelites. This immersive technology can take children to another part of the world, where they can experience the adventure of a safari, the beauty of the northern lights and the sense of accomplishment from climbing Mount Everest.
Staff from the Hospices were thrilled to receive the donations, here’s what they had to say:
Patricia Livsey, Chief Executive at Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice, said: “It is wonderful to receive a fantastic donation of technology from Lifelites, I know it will make a difference to all the children and young adults we care for at Jigsaw.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to Lifelites for this fantastic donation, as well as thanking the generosity of their supporters who helped to make the donation possible.”
Liz Searle, Chief Executive Officer at Keech Hospice Care, said: “The children love the equipment donated by Lifelites – and our nurses love using it with them! As a charity, around 70 per cent of the funding for our care services comes from our community, so we’re incredibly grateful for the support of Lifelites in helping us to make the difference when it matters the most to the families we support across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes.”
Earlier this month we welcomed students from London South Bank University (LSBU) into our office, as we kicked off this year Enable Gaming project. The award-winning project is a partnership between Lifelites and LSBU, which sees students on the Games Cultures course create accessible video games for children with disabilities. Creating games that can be played with assistive technology, such as Eyegaze, can unlock a whole world of opportunity for the children and young people that use them. The project also confronts students with the issues that disabled children in hospices deal with, encouraging the next generation of developers to put accessibility at the centre of their work. At Lifelites we are in awe of the student’s ability to innovate and think outside of the box, so watch this space, because something magical is about to happen.