October was a fantastic month here at Lifelites, and because the work we do wouldn’t be possible without you, our wonderful supporters, we thought we’d share some of our magical moments with hospices, families and fundraisers with you.
“I was pretty excited last week when [Lifelites] so kindly showed us the wonderful magic carpet. It just so happened that it was our Remembering day on the Sunday. I decided to set it up in our quiet room which is just off the sitting room. It worked amazingly well. The children came in all shy and when they saw the carpet they all went in there, made friends in minutes and returned to it over and over again during the day.” Caroline, Little Bridge House
We get lots of incredible feedback like this from hospices, and Little Bridge House is just one of the sites we visited in October. We also provided refresher training sessions to staff at hospices in Cumbria and the West Midlands and donated some of our assistive technology to two brand new children’s hospice services – Beyond Horizon and Alexander Devine.
Beyond Horizon is a service in Northern Ireland which helps young people transition from child hospice care to young adult care. This transition can be a very difficult time for these young people but these services, with the help of Lifelites technology, can make a huge difference. Alexander Devine is a brand new children’s hospice site in Berkshire.
“It’s the most natural state that a child’s ever in, when they’re playing. It creates happiness, contentedness, you see relaxation, you see smiles. And it’s also the way they can communicate, it’s the way they can express themselves.” Kathryn, Alexander Devine children’s hospice
We’re very lucky to meet some wonderful families in our work, and in October we spoke to Faye, whose three year oldson Luca uses Lifelites technology. Luca is registered deafblind with limited vision and hearing but he is still able to use the Lifelites iPads - he loves the bright colours and musical sounds on the apps. Luca’s mum told us how great it is that the whole family can use it to play with him.
30 years ago, Ron completed the London Marathon. Next year, he will be taking it on again, but this time in support of Lifelites. Ron is hoping to raise £2,500 for Lifelites technology to help children in hospices. If you would like to sponsor him, please visit his sponsorship page.
Members of the Remington Club, in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire worked hard throughout the summer, to raise over £5,000, to help Lifelites provide assistive technology to children at Andy’s at St Andrew’s Hospice. One member of the club, Rachel even took part in a skydive. Thank you to everyone!
Another fabulous supporter, Ewan Gordon (aka Oxfordshire’s very own Forrest Gump) told us about a very special fundraising challenge he is planning for next year. All will be revealed soon, so watch this space.
Thank you so much to everyone who have helped us this month to support children in hospices, our work wouldn’t be possible without you.