Crerar Trust donate £7,500 support to providing magical technology for children living in hospices

Crerar Trust has thrown its support behind Lifelites, a charity providing packages of assistive and inclusive technology to improve the lives of disabled and terminally ill children in hospices across the UK and Ireland. A £7,500 donation was made to the scheme, celebrated with a cheque presentation at Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa on November 11th. 

For children in hospices ordinary activities are often out of their reach.  By harnessing the power of technology the charity gives all 9,000 disabled and terminally ill children in hospices the means to communicate more effectively,  be creative and to take control. Touch screen technology and “cause-and–effect” software enable children to make something happen for themselves. This can be key to their personal development. Even children requiring the most intensive care frequently take an interest in using new technology to express them­selves. They love the sense of control which may be missing and the effects enhance a short life which might otherwise be devoid of creative experience.

What Lifelites do complements the work of the children’s hospices, helping the children escape their illness and the families to relax together in a home-from-home environment. 

The Crerar Trust has pledged £7.5k towards the charity, Paddy Crerar, the Crerar Hotel Group Chief Executive and Trust Chairman, said: "Crerar Hotels Trust is delighted in every way to support LifeLites with the support their technology offers children at CHAS hospices Rachel House and Robin House. Their tireless work makes a massive difference to countless families struggling with the physical and emotional effects of terminal illnesses and its treatment.”

Chief Executive of Lifelites, Simone Edefer-Doy added that the donation from the Crerar Trust would go straight towards helping children with rare conditions and complex disabilities like Edward XX at Robin House. She said ‘Playtime for Edward hadn’t been too much fun before he started playing our interactive nursery rhymes and found he could make something happen onscreen. His parents said using the lifelites equipment was both fun and important for him; teaching him to communicate and letting him know he can make his own decisions.’

Lifelites works closely with the children and hospices, selecting, procuring and installing technology, supporting and maintaining it; updating and training care staff how to use it.  Lifelites is the only charity providing this solution to this unique market. Lifelites replaces all its technologies on a four yearly cycle ensuring each children’s hospice has brand new assistive and inclusive equipment with all the very latest, cutting edge devices for children with disabilities.