Children enjoy latest tech at local hospice

Emma tries out new tech with co-ordinator Sam West

Emma tries out new tech with co-ordinator Sam West

Children at a local hospice will be able to enjoy state-of-the-art computer games and gadgets thanks to Thomas Cook and disabled technology experts Lifelites.

Lifelites  is a charity that provides specialist electronic equipment to all the baby and children’s hospices in the British Isles.

Disabled children at Naomi House and Jacksplace children’s hospice will benefit from using gadgets with touchscreen technology on the latest gaming consoles and specially adapted iPads.

Lifelites has equipment that uses ‘Eye Gaze’ an incredible interface that works by tracking the movement of the user’s eye allowing all children access to the latest gadgets.

The charity’s collaboration with Naomi House led to awards for one play worker, Claire Floyd, who was named a regional ‘Digital Hero’ on a visit to the House of Lords.

Mark Smith, Deputy Chief Executive of Naomi House and Jacksplace, said:

“We are delighted to have received a brand new suite of computer equipment courtesy of the Lifelites charity. This high specification equipment has been designed with accessibility in mind and can be enjoyed by many of the children who stay at Naomi House, regardless of their medical condition. We would like to extend our gratitude to the team at Lifelites and their supporters across the country for this generous gift.”

Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites, said:

“This is a ground-breaking Lifelites project and contains some of our most revolutionary technology to date. But it’s more than just futuristic gadgets: this equipment will mean that children at Naomi House and Jacksplace now have more opportunities to communicate, create and take control. That is why we’re determined to continue putting revolutionary technology like the Eye Gaze in every hospice in the British Isles.”

The charity says that Lifelites equipment and support will cost around £35,700 over the next four years, but Naomi House and Jacksplace children’s hospice won’t have to pay a penny towards it. Instead, Lifelites has been supported by Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, amongst others.

Joanna Wild, Chairperson for Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, said:

 “We’re very proud to have supported the work of Lifelites over the past three years through funding for high tech computers and flight simulator software. This has given children who might not otherwise get to travel on a plane a wonderful opportunity to explore the world from within a children’s hospice.”

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