Poorly children at Brian House get £50k worth of tech goodies

Poorly children at Brian House hospice have been given the gift of technology to put beaming smiles on each of their faces - and make their play time all the more fun.
Two-year-old Leandra plays with the new techTwo-year-old Leandra plays with the new tech
Two-year-old Leandra plays with the new tech

A bumper package of virtual reality, computer and IT equipment worth almost £50,000 was donated to the Bispham-based hospice this week by Lifelites, a London-based charity which provides technology to children’s hospices across the UK.

This is not the first time the charity has helped Brian House - and staff and volunteers said they were 'bowled over' by the organisation’s generosity.

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Nurse Andrew Beaumont said: “Equipment such as this is expensive, and often beyond our reach, but the impact it will have is really significant. Harnessing technology and using it to help our young people is so important, but we couldn’t do it without the support of organisations such as Lifelites. We can't wait to get started.

“It’s a wonderful gift. Some of this technology is simply magical for the children who find it hard to interact with the world around them. It opens up a whole new dimension.”

Brian House staff underwent a full day of training with the new equipment, which includes new computers, games, a VR headset, a projector and screen, and a range of specialist IT equipment, some activated by eye movement.

Andrew added: "On behalf of everyone here at Brian House I want to say a big thank you to Lifelites, whose donation will make a big difference to the children and young people we care for."