Hertfordshire Mark Master Masons have donated £3,750 to Lifelites, a charity that provides technology to children suffering from life-limiting illnesses and disabling conditions.
The donation from the Hertfordshire Mark Master Masons will fund the purchase of an Eyegaze – a technology that enables children who cannot speak, to communicate, to play with their siblings, paint or make music.
All they have to do is move their eyes to express their wishes, fears, and thoughts.
Lex at Noahs Ark hospice
One of the children who will significantly benefit from this new technology is a toddler named Lex.
Lex almost died when he stopped breathing in his mother’s arms, had four heart attacks and a stroke. He has been diagnosed with a rapidly degenerative, neuromuscular genetic disease.
This illness means Lex has to breathe through a tracheostomy tube and cannot talk easily. However, he is extremely social, interactive, and smiles a lot.
Lexi’s parents see how frustrated he gets when unable to express himself.
They said: “We can’t wait to see him using it – it will really change the way he’s able to interact.”
Lex is a patient of the Noah’s Ark hospice in London, one of the many institutions supported by Lifelites around the UK.
Lifelites chief executive, Simone Enefer-Doy, said: “With the very generous donation from the Hertfordshire Mark Master Masons for Eyegaze, we can give life-limited and disabled children the possibility to play with their brothers and sisters, and tell their parents they love them, sometimes for the first time.”