A donation by West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity of £5,000 to the charity Lifelites has allowed them to provide a package of interactive technology for the patients at a local children’s hospice, Claire House in Liverpool. The grant to Lifelites was made by the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity during a recent national fund-raising event that saw the charity’s Chief Executive, Simone Enefer-Doy, call at Blackpool as part of a national tour.
Simone was joined on a recent visit to the hospice by Assistant Provincial Grand Master Derek Parkinson, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Sam Robinson and local group chairman Mark Matthews, who all had the opportunity to see the difference the technology is making in enhancing the lives of the children who are cared for at Claire House.
One of the ‘technology packages’ they saw being used was the ‘Magic Carpet’, this is a fantastic sensory learning tool with the capacity to engage people of all ages and abilities. The system projects interactive games and images onto the floor that users can play with and control simply by moving on or over the projected image.
After watching baby Phoenix interacting with the ‘Magic Carpet’, Derek Parkinson remarked: “It’s very humbling to see the dedication of the staff here at the hospice and we can’t sufficiently express our gratitude for the incredible work that they do.” He further commented: “Giving aid and support to charities within the local and wider community is central to Freemasonry. It’s marvellous to see at first hand what the money we have donated is achieving and we thank both Lifelites and Claire House for this opportunity.”