Huddersfield’s Forget Me Not Children's Hospice has received a £21,000 computerised entertainments package from national charity Lifelites and Yorkshire Freemasons.
Children with life limiting illnesses from Huddersfield, Calderdale, Bradford and Wakefield are cared for at the Bracken Hall-based Russell House.
Some of them were on hand to experience the state-of-the-art Eyegaze, mobile magic carpet, sensory unit and other technological treats as Lifelites London-based chief executive Simone Enefer-Doy, made the official presentation.
Mark Provincial Grand Master James Steggles handed over a £4,035 cheque as part of a Mark Benevolent Fund nationwide sixfigure financial support to Lifelites which provides specialist entertainment and educational back-up to over 50 children’s hospices throughout the country.
At Forget Me Not’s opening, Lifelites were given £20,000 from West Riding Masonic Charities to launch their support and a further £10,000 in 2015 when the technology was up-graded.
When Simone embarked on a 2,500 mile journey across Britain and the Channel Islands last year to help raise the London-based charity’s profile, WRMCL again stepped in with a £10,000 donation at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Forget Me Not chief executive Luen Thompson expressed her gratitude for the wonderful backing and explained that it cost around £4m a year to provide palliative care both in children’s homes and at the hospice with only 4% available from government sources.