|CUTTING-edge equipment that will give wheelchair-bound children the sensation of playing football or splashing in the sea, has been donated to Derian House Children’s Hospice.
The £50,000 package of specialist technology, given by national children’s charity, Lifelites, will help children play games with their friends, make music, and communicate with their family.
One of the pieces – the Magic Carpet – projects an image onto the floor, a wheelchair or a bed, which the children can interact with. This technology gives them the chance to escape the confines of their condition and make magical memories. The equipment is portable so the Derian at Home team can take it to use with children who are too ill to travel into the hospice.
Staff from Lifelites arrived on-site this week to install to deliver the huge haul of goodies and train staff on how to use them. Every four years, the charity will replace the technology completely free of charge.
David Robinson, Chief Executive at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We’re incredibly humbled by the generosity of the donation from Lifelites, and also the time they have taken to show our staff how to get the most out of this fabulous equipment.
“At Derian we’re focussed on being innovative and forward-thinking to offer our children and young people the very best experiences available to make happy memories in the time they have.
“This technology will make a real difference to our families and we can’t wait to start using it.”
Rob, 21, who uses Derian’s services, said: “I think the new equipment is really good. I’ve played the X-box now with Chris. We’re tag-teaming. He’s steering and I’m doing the accelerator.”
Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites said: “We are delighted to be able to provide this magical technology for the children and young people at Derian House. 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 has donated equipment to every children’s hospice in the British Isles over the last 18 years, and continues to provide new technology and ongoing support to ensure that children in hospices have unlimited possibilities.
Lifelites was only able to donate this equipment thanks to the generosity of donors. They were Freemasons from Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Hertfordshire, the Sobell Foundation, Children with Cancer UK, GamesAid and Microsoft.