Young people among some of the first to benefit from technology
We are the lucky recipients of some amazing new magical technology, thanks to a generous donation from charity Lifelites.
Our Young Adults Group attendees were delighted to be the first to try our new specialist assistive technology, worth thousands of pounds.
Group attendees have life-limiting conditions and this technology will help our Hospice to support the young people to feel relaxed and at ease, and provide a broad range of new opportunities. The donated package from Lifelites also included expert installation, staff training and equipment maintenance.
Thanks to Lifelites, the teenagers can use the specially adapted technology to play games, be creative with art and music, communicate, and control something for themselves. This is a pilot project for Lifelites as it is one of the first services of its kind they have supported. If successful, the charity will aim to come back and replace the technology every four years.
The young people that attend our Young Adults Group are also some of the first in the country to receive a donation of Virtual Reality (VR) technology from Lifelites. This technology can give these young people experiences they never thought possible. They can immerse themselves in a world of make believe, or travel to the other side of the planet. They can fly to space, go on safari, sit under the Northern Lights or even climb Mount Everest.
Chief Executive of Saint Francis Hospice, Pam Court, said: "We're so incredibly grateful to Lifelites for this kind donation which will no doubt enhance the young people's experience of coming in to our Hospice. Having had a little go myself, I can only imagine the excitement they will feel when they're soaring through the sky like an eagle! As a charity, we have to be very careful where and how we spend our budget and this donation of technology from Lifelites gives our young people an opportunity to experience something they might otherwise never have had the chance to."
Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites said: "We are delighted to be able to provide this magical technology for the young people being supported by Saint Francis. This technology will help them escape the confines of their conditions to do things they never dreamed of, for as long as it is possible. We couldn't have provided this package if it wasn't for the generosity of our donors, so for this we are incredibly grateful."
Lifelites donates assistive and inclusive technology for children and young people using every one of the 60 hospice services throughout the British Isles. Over the last 18 years, Lifelites has been dedicated to donating their amazing technology and ongoing support to ensure that children and young people limited lives have unlimited possibilities.