Children’s charity, Lifelites is donating life-changing technology worth around £50,000 for life-limited and disabled children using Claire House children’s hospice services in the Wirral, Merseyside.
The pledge was made possible due to the generosity of supporters, including The Provincial Grand Lodge of Cheshire, Price Parry, Johnson Group, W O Street, and Louis Nicholas.
Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites said: “We’re delighted to be able to donate lots of our magical technology for the children and young people at Brian House. The huge range of equipment is specially adapted so that it can be used by anyone, regardless of their ability. Every moment is precious for these children and their families, and this technology will give them the opportunities they deserve to make the most of their time together.
“We couldn’t have provided this package if it wasn’t for the generosity of our supporters, so for this we are incredibly grateful.”
One of the pieces of equipment donated was 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.
Claire House also received a special portable bundle of technology for its Hospice at Home team, which provides care for 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, brothers, and sisters. The virtual reality set gives children a chance to go on adventures they never thought possible, such as walking on the beach, walking in snow or sitting around a campfire.
Janet Sutherland Oakes, Director of Clinical Services at Claire House Children’s Hospice, said: “We are very grateful to Lifelites for providing this very kind donation. It will help us make bucket list dreams come true and create special memories. The specially designed equipment allows many of the children and young adults who come to Claire House to play and interact with technology in a way that is not otherwise possible. They will really enjoy playing games and having sensory fun, using the likes of VR headsets and projectors.”