The WCIT Master, Lady Parmley, certainly wasn’t expecting to take part in a daredevil eagle flight over Paris when she recently visited national children’s charity Lifelites at their offices in London.
The technology charity gave the Master a virtual flight using a Virtual Reality headset, which they donate, along with other life-changing technology, to life-limited and disabled children at every children’s hospice across the British Isles.
Our Master, accompanied by the WCIT Charity Chair, Mrs Jo Connell OBE DL and our Clerk, Mrs Susan Hoefling, spoke with Lifelites Chief Executive, Simone Enefer-Doy, and Lifelites trustee and WCIT Past Master, Colin Knight, about the vital work Lifelites do to give life-limited and disabled children opportunities, they might not otherwise have, to play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate, for as long as it is possible.
The charity is constantly researching and testing the latest developments in assistive technology, and Virtual Reality (VR) is just the latest incarnation in the world of technology, donated by Lifelites to these children for whom every second counts. They also provide a whole host of other technology specially designed for those with disabilities. Our own Arts Panel and WCIT Christmas Panels Lunch recently raised £1,200 towards Soundbeam equipment for Lifelites to donate to hospices.
The WCIT were instrumental in setting up Lifelites who are this year celebrating their 20th year. Lifelites have come a long way over the past two decades and now give over 10,000 children with limited lives, unlimited possibilities each year.