All Done At £55,000


Outgoing Charity Steward of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Middlesex rallies Middlesex Lodges to raise funds for children’s charity tech. John Briggs came into contact with Lifelites technology early last year at an event thanking the Province of Middlesex for supporting a local Lifelites children’s hospice project. On hearing about the Charity’s further needs in order to get specialist technology out to their 56 children’s hospice projects, including Virtual Reality (VR) headsets and specialist iPads, John began a year long campaign among Middlesex Lodges.

At the end of the year, John’s appeal has helped to ensure that Lifelites can deliver iPads and Virtual Reality to children across the country, helping them to play, create and communicate, even from their hospice bed.

In the coming year, Lifelites will be donating entire packages of multiple technologies to children’s palliative care services. Each package of technology is designed with each of our projects to ensure it is suited to the needs of the children in their care. The technology that Lifelites donates includes specialist iPads with drop proof cases and apps that enable children to communicate if they can’t speak, and VR to help children to explore the world around them and exciting new worlds, all from the comfort of their hospice or palliative care service.

Outgoing Charity Steward and campaign creator, John Briggs said:

“As a parent and grandparent myself, children’s charities have always been an area of interest for me. The work that Lifelites does is incredible and the idea that I and my brethren have made a positive impact on children using hospice services is thanks enough. I want to thank the members of Middlesex who have supported this campaign and urge any other brethren to look at what Lifelites is achieving across the country for children with disabilities and life-threatening conditions and do what they can to support them.”

Lifelites’ CEO, Rob Lightfoot said,

“What John and his fellow Freemasons have achieved is nothing short of remarkable. We can only continue to provide technology to support children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions thanks to fundraising efforts, and this is a fine example of how Freemasonry has the power to make the world a better place. We are living in a particularly difficult time with the cost of living crisis hitting families with seriously ill and disabled children harder than most. Our technology can help children to create unforgettable moments of connection and joy with their families and the hospice staff who support them.  It is absolutely crucial that we continue to work with our children’s hospice partners to help provide the best respite and end of life experiences for these children.”

Lifelites has been donating equipment and services for children using every children’s hospice across the British Isles for the past 23 years and is the only charity that does this. They continue to provide new technology, maintenance and training to hospice staff on how to use it, to ensure that as many of these children as possible will have the chance to enjoy the benefits of this technology during their short lives.

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