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Lifelites flying visit
23 May, 2019
Chief Executive of charity Lifelites, Simone Enefor-Doy flying visit to Guernsey
The chief executive of charity Lifelites, Simone Enefor-Doy, recently paid a flying visit to Guernsey as part of a fifteen day tour of England and Wales to raise money for life-limited and disabled children in hospices. For each leg of the journey, during which she travelled nearly 3,000 miles, she was transported by volunteer Freemasons in a variety of weird and wonderful vehicles to a landmark location to raise awareness of and funds for the charity. This follows a very successful first tour last year which raised over £110,000.
All money raised will support the work Lifelites does donating and maintaining assistive technology for life-limited and disabled children in children’s hospices across the British Isles. The equipment they donate gives these children opportunities they might never have thought they’d have to play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate, for as long as possible.
Some examples of equipment donated by Lifelites to children’s hospices are:
A Magic Carpet. This is a portable box which projects an image on to the floor, a wheelchair or a bed, which children can interact with. This technology gives them the chance to escape the confines of their condition and play one of the many games or animations, such as playing football or splashing in the sea.
An Eyegaze. This is a piece of equipment which allows those with limited mobility to control a computer using just their eyes. By using the Eyegaze, children who struggle to communicate with their family and their carers are able to do so – often for the first time.
Other items include iPads, cameras and touchscreen computers along with lots of games and other software specially designed to be accessible for children with disabilities.
Mrs Enefor-Doy was flown to Guernsey from Jersey by Brian Sarre in a PA28 aircraft, then taken to the Little Chapel by Simon Hamon in a 1941 BMW 750cc motorcycle and sidecar marked with the insignia of the 216th infantry division, which was the first German unit to occupy Guernsey. Afterwards she was driven to the Masonic Centre by David Mitchison in a 1950s Jaguar XK150 drop head coupe, where she received a tour of the Centre and was presented by Provincial Grand Master Keith Read with a donation for Lifelites, before being returned to the airport for the final leg of her epic tour.
Lifelites is already involved with Jersey’s children’s hospice. Although Guernsey does not have a children’s hospice Mrs Enefor-Doy said that Lifelites would be happy to work with either Les Bourgs Hospice or, more likely, the PEH in providing facilities for local children needing care.