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The technology that will change children's lives

24 JANUARY 2020

The charity Lifelites has donated thousands of pounds worth of life-changing technology equipment to Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.

The specialist technology which Lifelites has donated to Noah's Ark can give children the opportunity to do things they never dreamed of. It enables them to play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate, for as long as possible.   

The technology, along with training and technical support services which Lifelites provides, costs around £50,000. After four years, Lifelites aims to return to replace the equipment with the latest, up-to-date technology.

One of the pieces of equipment donated was an Eyegaze. This is a piece of equipment that allows those with limited mobility to control a computer using just their eyes. By using the Eyegaze, children who struggle to communicate with their family and carers are able to do so  – often for the very first time.

The hospice is also receiving a special portable bundle of technology for our Hospice-at-Home service, which provides care for children out in the community. This special bundle, known as the Tech Trunk, can travel wherever the children are, whether that’s in their own home or in hospital.

Other items donated include iPads, touchscreen computers along with lots of games, and other software specially designed to be enjoyed by children with disabilities.

Karen, mother of 11-year-old Nix, who has been supported by Noah’s Ark for nine years, said:

“This kind of technology is so important for children like Nix (pictured right with mum Karen). She has cerebral palsy and uses a switch to communicate or to access toys and the computer, and her iPad is almost always on, playing music or stories to keep her settled and happy. It works to calm her when almost nothing else does, and the distraction of it very often means she needs less painkillers too. Some of her friends are able to use Eyegaze equipment too (Nix is blind so can’t) and wow, it’s just amazing. The items Lifelites have given Noah’s Ark will, I’m sure, make a huge difference to the children using it.”

Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites said: “We’re delighted to be able to donate lots of our magical technology for the children and young people at Noah’s Ark. The huge range of equipment is specially adapted so that it can be used by anyone, regardless of their ability. Every moment is precious for these children and their families, and this technology will give them the opportunities they deserve to make the most of their time together.”

Sophie Andrews, Chief Executive of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, said: “We’re so grateful to Lifelites for providing this inspiring technology for Noah’s Ark children to use, both in the community and at The Ark. The technology is perfect for the children who we work with, enabling them to play, communicate and have an element of choice and control of their surrounding environment.”

Read more in Lifelites donates ‘life enabling’ technology to Noah’s Ark (7 November 2018)

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