This month our CEO, Simone Enefer–Doy was nominated for two awards at the Venus Awards event in London; Inspirational Woman of the Year and Outstanding CEO. Dubbed the ‘working woman’s Oscars’, Venus Awards was created in 2009 to applaud and reward working women whose achievements often go unrecognised. From everyone here at Lifelites, we would like to congratulate all winners and nominees at the Venus Awards. If you would like to find out more about Venus Awards click here.
This month we delivered packages of specialist assistive technology to two magical children and young people's hospice services; the Bridge in Tipton and Butterwick House in Stockton.
Butterwick House received a full package including the empowering Eyegaze and playful Magic Carpet, alongside a selection of iPads, touchscreen computers and adaptive controllers. Loaded with the latest and most suitable apps, games and communication software; children can play games, create art, communicate and even record precious moments.
Debbie Jones, CEO, Butterwick Hospice Care said “We are incredibly grateful to Lifelites and all their supporters for this wonderful package of equipment. Our children, carers and families will all benefit enormously from having access to such an incredible range of technology, which is targeted specifically to meet their particular needs. At Butterwick Hospice Care we believe in adding life to days when adding days to life is no longer possible and this extra special gift will help to do this in an incredible way.”
Meanwhile, in Tipton, we were eager to launch our pilot project with The Bridge; a magical service that supports young people over the age of 16, living in the Black Country and Birmingham area, to make the transition from children’s hospice services to adult hospice services. This can be a very scary and confusing time for young people, but the technology package that Lifelites has donated will help The Bridge to support young people to reduce stress and increase wellbeing.
The young people at The Bridge are some of the first in the country to receive Virtual Reality (VR) technology from Lifelites. The VR technology can enable users to immerse themselves in a whole new world. Lifelites is looking forward to working closely with The Bridge and if the pilot is successful, Lifelites will aim to replace the technology every four years.
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Earlier this month we were visited by staff from our magical partners, Children with Cancer UK; the leading national children’s charity fighting cancer. We had a great time showing the staff our extensive range of life enhancing equipment, and an even better time playing with it. We would like to say a big thank you to Children with Cancer UK, who have supported Lifelites generously over the years; this year alone they have donated £120,000. Around 10% of the children who use our services have cancer, with the support of our magical partners, we can support these children to live the best life, for as long as possible.
Our magical partners and the leading charity of the UK games industry, GamesAid, awarded us with a cheque for £23,680. In the past, money donated by GamesAid has been vital in supporting our work donating technology to children and young people in children’s hospice services and has enabled us to embark on new and exciting projects, specifically Virtual Reality (VR). From everyone at Lifelites, we would like to express our appreciation to the members of GamesAid who nominated and voted for Lifelites again this year.