Lifelites delivers new technology for the hospice

Published: September 23, 2015

National charity Lifelites visited Richard House this week to donate a new package of specialist technology for children and families.

Lifelites, which provides specialist technology for children in children’s hospice across the British Isles, donated a bespoke package which included ten specialist adapted iPads with grip cases and of apps and programmes such as “Proloquo2go” which enables children who are unable to speak to communicate with their family and carers.

Also included was revolutionary Eyegaze technology, portable touch screen computers, a large projector and screen, a child proof camera and a professional camcorder to help the children and young adults stay connected with friends, watch films, and, for members of the Richard House ‘Living Films’ club, create animations and films.

Yesterday Richard House staff were trained in how to make best use of the technology so that they can support young people at the hospice to get the most from the equipment.

Peter Ellis, Chief Executive of Richard House Children’s Hospice said: “We are so grateful for this latest donation to Richard House by Lifelites. It will provide children and young adults at the hospice who may otherwise be restricted by their medical conditions a chance to communicate and express themselves in a new way. We are deeply thankful for the longstanding support of Lifelites.”

Simone Enefer-Doy chief executive of Lifelites, said: “We’ve been providing our special packages for children in hospices for over 15 years. It’s amazing how much technology has advanced and we’re always hearing about the impact the Lifelites donation has made on the children who are using it. The magical Lifelites package will be used for play, but it will also help develop communication skills. What’s really important is that we’re giving the children a chance to smile and there’s nothing more powerful than that.”

Support for the package at Richard House came from Grange Farm Centre Trust, Mason Le Page Charitable Trust and Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust.

Pictured: Young adults Shaan Ali and Murad Shaikh receiving and trying out the goods, with the Lifelites team.

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