Children’s charity Lifelites has donated life-changing equipment worth thousands of pounds to two hospices in Bristol that support disabled children and their families.
The specialist technology can give life-limited and disabled children the opportunity to do things they never thought possible, enabling them to play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate, for as long as possible.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, life-limited and disabled children have been more isolated than ever before.
The two hospices have started a community hub at Charlton Farm. Jessie May has supported them in setting up a Hospice at Home facility, where they have also done joint visits to the children’ homes, benefitting the links between the two children’s hospice services.
Lifelites has donated adaptive iPads so that the children can continue to connect with their carers, play together and even participate in therapy sessions.
The organisation has also gifted the POD, a mobile and sensory pop-up tent that offers room for every child, no matter their needs. It comes in a rucksack so that hospice staff can easily bring it to children’s own homes as well.
The sensory tent enables life-limited and disabled children to escape their often stressful lives and into their own world. They are surrounded by sea animals swimming all around them and can listen to built-in calming music at the same time.
Lifelites has also donated a special portable bundle of technology to assist in giving care to children out in the community.
This special bundle, known as the Tech Trunk, can travel wherever the children are, whether that’s in their own home or in hospital.
It includes accessible gaming equipment such as the PlayStation and Xbox with accessible controllers, so every child can play with their friends and siblings.
Simone Enefer-Doy, chief executive of Lifelites, said: “In this difficult time, it is more important than ever to look after the most vulnerable in our society. We are delighted to have raised the funds needed to provide a brand-new package of assistive technology to the children’s Hospice at Home service Jessie May and CHSW’s Charlton Farm.
“All our donated technology is portable so that care staff can bring it to the children’s own homes. This allows for the children to stay safe while escaping the confines of their conditions, relax, and play, for as long as it is possible.”