Charity donates transformative assistive tech for life-limited children
Children’s charity Lifelites has donated brand-new assistive technology worth tens of thousands of pounds for life-limited and disabled children using the services of the children’s hospice Martin House in West Yorkshire.
All of the children cared for by Martin House have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. The specialist technology, which Lifelites donated this year, can give them the opportunity to do things they and their parents never thought possible.
This assistive equipment enables these children to play, to be creative, to control something for themselves and communicate, for as long as possible. Lifelites-donated technology enables children to escape the confines of their conditions, connect with their loved ones and communicate their wishes and fears.
The assistive technology, along with training and technical support services that Lifelites donates, costs around £50,000 over four years. After four years, Lifelites aims to return to replace the equipment with the latest, up-to-date technology that is bespoke and most suitable for the children using Martin House.
Cath Todd, Head of Therapies and Family Support at Martin House, said: “We would like to thank Lifelites on behalf of all the children and young people who get so much enjoyment from the amazing equipment they have provided to Martin House.
“The new technology we have received is already going down well, and we’re delighted to continue receiving this support from Lifelites – play is so important, and this technology empowers children with often severe disabilities to experience the joy of play for themselves.”
One of the pieces of equipment donated was the POD, a mobile and sensory pop-up tent that offers room for all children. 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.
The Tilt Table is another piece of equipment that Lifelites has donated and one of the latest additions to the Lifelites assistive technology package. Thanks to a large touch screen that can be moved up and down and, as the name implies, tilted, every child can paint, play, and control something for themselves.
Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites said: “Following a difficult year, Lifelites is delighted to be able to donate a package of magical technology for the children and young people using the services of Martin House.
“Every Lifelites-donated piece of equipment is specially adapted and accessible so that it can be used by anyone, irrespective of their abilities. All of Lifelites-donated technology is mobile so that hospice staff can reach every child, in hospice as well as in children’s own homes. We know that every second counts for these children and their families.
“We couldn’t have provided this package if it wasn’t for the generosity of our supporters, so for this we are incredibly grateful.”
The charity recently received a £10,000 donation from GamesAid, a UK videogame industry charity that raises funds for distribution to a wide range of smaller charities helping disadvantaged and disabled children and young people.
The funding will help increase Lifelites’ donations of assistive gaming technology to disabled children in hospices.