Life-limiting illness is tough enough – but when it involves a child it’s even tougher. That’s why Lincolnshire Freemasons supports Lifelites through the Freemasons charity the MCF.
Lifelites, conceived in 1999 as a Millennium Project within the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, is the only UK charity working with every children’s hospice in the UK to enrich the lives of children and young people with life-limiting conditions and disabilities by providing the latest assistive and inclusive technology.
The latest recipient in Andy’s Place in Grimsby, where the charity has installed Soundbeam, which allows children with any kind of life-limiting condition to make music. It’s an electronic musical system using highly sensitive contact-free movement sensors and tactile switches, to provide an accessible interface for children and young people at any level of ability to play as creative musicians.
Lincolnshire’s Deputy Provincial Charity Steward Stuart Hart visited Andy’s to see the new tech in action, and the joy it clearly brings to its young users. You can share the joy by watching this video.
Rob Lightfoot, CEO of Lifelites said “We are delighted to have support from the Lincolnshire Freemasons, who have supported us for several years. The funds that they have donated will help us to empower children and young people with life-limiting conditions to engage and interact with the people they love and enjoy the world they live in.”
Despite launching as an independent charity in 2006, Lifelites remains a proud partner of Freemasons across the country working closely with Provinces to fundraise for packages of technology in local children’s hospices.
The charity also works alongside MCF at Freemasons Hall, which donates HR and finance support and office accommodation. MCF also nominates one third of Lifelites’ Trustees to ensure alignment with Masonic values and to help maintain positive partnerships across Freemasonry.