We love getting out and about to visit different hospices to see the creative ways that they use our technology – so we couldn’t wait to visit our friends at East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) in Milton recently to attend their Virtual Reality and photography day.
The hospice regularly holds activity days for young people and it’s amazing to see the Lifelites technology form such an integral part. It’s a wonderful opportunity for young people with disabilities to socialise and have so much fun whilst taking part in accessible activities.
On this occasion the hospice organised a ‘photography treasure hunt’ where the Lifelites iPads were used to take photos around the hospice buildings and grounds. For those who weren’t able to hold the iPads to take a photo, they were connected to switches to make them more accessible.
They were also treated to sessions on the Lifelites Virtual Reality (VR) equipment, as well as the Xbox thanks to the accessible switches. Caroline, our Training Manager, said: “One of the young adults was telling me how amazing he thought it was – he loved one of the racing games and was shrieking with laughter when he was playing it. It was brilliant to watch them having so much fun.”
Rachel Wright, Family Communications Co-ordinator at EACH said:"Virtual Reality gives the young people we care for the opportunity to try out experiences they may never get the chance to otherwise – and of course, play games and have a lot of fun too! It was great to be able to set up the iPads with switches to allow greater accessibility for the young people to join in with the photography activities, and also use switches with the Xbox so more of the young people could join in with the games on here too. Lifelites technology enables much greater accessibility and inclusivity at events like this – allowing the young people to be involved in the activities, whatever their abilities."
We’ve got a packed schedule of donations planned to hospices this year, starting in a couple of months. However, we can only deliver their new technology with sufficient funding. If you think you could help us support a project in your area, get in touch! You can find out about our project for children in your area in our children’s hospices section.