Press release from the recent Ty Hafan handover by Lifelites attended by the PGM, Deputy PGM, Asst. PGM and the Prov.G. Charity Steward and Elaine Edwards following the donation of £50,000 by Monmouthshire Freemasons.
The Eyes Have It
Lifelites Help Children at Tŷ Hafan Look to the Future with Eye-Tracking Tech
State-of the-art technology that works by the “Glint of an eye” has been donated to a local children’s hospice by award-winning charity Lifelites as they unveiled a trend-setting technology project at Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice.
Lifelites projects provide specialist technology for the youngsters in all 49 of the baby and children’s hospice in the British Isles. The charity was announced Digital Leaders in 2012 in recognition of their innovative work with disabled children.
The Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice project, which also contains state-of-the-art touchscreen technology, the latest gaming consoles and specially adapted iPads has been put together with disabled children in mind. And Lifelites say that this is where the Eye Gaze comes into its own: the incredible technology works by tracking the movement of the user’s eye, and it means that all children – whatever their disability or illness – will have access to the power of technology.
Jayne Saunders, Director of Care at Tŷ Hafan, said: “We are delighted to have benefitted from this fantastic project which will make such a difference to the children and young people we support. We pride ourselves on being a centre of excellence for children’s palliative care and embrace new and innovative technologies which focus on improving the quality of life of children not expected to reach adulthood. We are incredibly grateful to Lifelites for their continued support and are very much looking forward to seeing the children enjoying this state-of-the-art equipment.”
Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites, said: “This is a path-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 children at Tŷ Hafan now have more opportunities to communicate, create and take control. That is why we’re determined to continue putting revolutionary technology like the Eyegaze 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 Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice won’t have to pay a penny towards it. Instead, Lifelites has been supported by the Province of Monmouthshire and Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, amongst others.
Malcolm Lane, the Provincial Grand Master of Monmouthshire and a Lifelites trustee, said: “I’m very well acquainted with the importance of Lifelites projects for life-limited children in our Province. We know the money donated will be put to excellent use: providing specialist technology for children at the Lifelites project closest to our hearts here in South Wales.”