Dame Esther Rantzen in Lifelites video
The national children’s technology charity Lifelites has launched a fundraising video campaign featuring its latest patron, television presenter and broadcaster Dame Esther Rantzen.
Last year Lifelites was a 2015 Nominet Trust 100 winner, and is the only charity to provide assistive and inclusive technology packages for terminally ill and disabled children in hospices across the British Isles.
Dame Esther is featured in Lifelites’ latest awareness video, shown speaking to staff and young people at children’s hospices about the impact of the charity’s donation.
National children’s technology charity made 2015 Nominet 100
On the 9th December 2015, Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading tech-for-good funder, announced that children’s technology charity Lifelites has been named among the 2015 Nominet Trust 100 (NT100) – a global celebration of the 100 most inspiring uses of digital technology for social good.
Projects featured in the NT100 are using technology to tackle some of the world’s biggest social problems.
Following a global call for nominations earlier this year, Lifelites, the only charity to provide assistive and inclusive technology packages for life limited and disabled babies, children and young adults in hospices across the British Isles, was selected by ten leading judging partners from the tech and charity world in recognition of their work.
The Lifelites technology is simply life changing. For children who use hospices services, their conditions and disabilities mean that many of them cannot move or hold things. Many cannot communicate in traditional ways and there are those who are very prone to infection. All this means that the children have very restricted lives and cannot do things we all take for granted.
Lifelites special iPad apps give children the opportunity to join in with creative activities and express themselves through music and painting.
The mobile Magic Carpet enables them to have experiences they wouldn’t otherwise have – like flying a plane, splashing in the sea or playing football with their brothers or sisters – and the Eyegaze means they can tell their carers what they would like for breakfast, when they are thirsty and can even, for the first time, tell their parents that they love them. It means that the children can enter and stay involved in the world around them for as long as it is possible.
Commenting on their inclusion in the NT100, Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites, said: 'As you can imagine, we are very excited that the work of Lifelites has been recognised by the Nominet 100 judges. This prestigious award is just what we need to help spread the word about our work. Whilst we know that there’s a lot you can do with technology which can make such a difference to the lives of life limited and disabled children in hospices, we also know that our work is often hidden from public view. We are very grateful for the opportunity the Nominet 100 will give us to promote what we do to harness the power of technology and how that can be absolutely life changing for the youngsters we help.'
Vicki Hearn, Director of Nominet Trust, said: 'Remarkable people all over the world are embracing technology to combat some of the most pressing social challenges we face today. This year in particular, the resourcefulness of organisations helping those in urgent need is hugely inspirational. Increasing accessibility to technology is helping foster communities of social tech entrepreneurs worldwide, who are transforming healthcare, access to education, sustainability and civic empowerment. The NT100 seeks to highlight these pioneers, so that others may be encouraged to follow in their footsteps.'
The 2015 NT100 was compiled from a combination of over 500 public nominations and in-house research to produce a shortlist of 150 projects. This shortlist was presented to a panel of Nominet’s judging partners of ten tech and charity organisations, who selected the final 2015 NT100. Representatives from Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief, Creative England, Facebook, Latimer Group, Nominet, O2 Telefonica, Oxfam, Salesforce and Society Guardian all took part in the selection process.
Information about all of the projects is hosted on the Social Tech Guide (socialtech.org.uk), the world’s largest interactive index of tech for good, which now has almost 1,300 ventures in its database.
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