CHILDREN’S charity Lifelites has donated £50,000 worth of tech and toys to Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Coventry.
The equipment includes adapted iPads with accessible drop-proof cases and Augmented reality apps that support life-limited and life-threatened children in their daily lives.
Gina Harris, head of Care, at Zoë’s Place, said: “I would like to extend my thanks to the team at Lifelites for their generous donation of a Beatbo toy, Smoothie Switch, iPad, Big Mack Red Button and Help Kidz Learn software to the charity’s Coventry hospice.
“The iPad has a number of highly beneficial features, such as the drop-proof and easy to hold cases, and selected apps. This means all of our children can communicate, engage with story books, paint or play in a way that works to their own needs and abilities, giving them a level of independence that, without this technology, wouldn’t be possible.
“The Smoothie Switches make such a difference to children suffering from life-threatening and life-limiting conditions that come into Zoë’s Place, as it enables them to feel empowered, allows them to join in with stories and songs, encourages them to control electronic toys independently and helps them develop their motor skills by using switches.
“All of these donated items make the power of play even more powerful for our children.”
The technology comes with free training and technical support services – and after four years, the charity aims to return to replace the equipment with the latest, up-to-date technology.
Lifelites chief executive Simone Enefer-Doy said: “We’re delighted to be able to donate our magical technology for the children at Zoë’s Place in Coventry. 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.
“We couldn’t have provided this package if it wasn’t for the generosity of our supporters, so for this we are incredibly grateful.”
Lifelites has donated equipment to every children’s hospice in the British Isles over the last 20 years and continues to provide new technology and ongoing support.