Kicking off at midday on Tuesday 27 November, and running through to midday on Tuesday 4 December, donations to the charity will be matched pound for pound, helping them to fund specialist computer equipment for children and young adults at Chailey Heritage Foundation.
Every young person that the charity supports has complex physical needs which can can make life extremely frustrating and isolating. With ‘Eyegaze’ technology, young people can use eye movement alone to control a computer screen, helping them to learn and communicate.
Providing Eyegaze computers in every classroom and residential bungalow will open up a world of opportunities for young people with complex disabilities. With this empowering resource, they will be able to do anything that could usually be done by controlling a mouse and much more. This could include using online learning games, sending a text message or even controlling a TV remote control.
Anyone wishing to show their support should go to www.chf.org.uk/biggive
Sally Anne Murray, Development Director for Chailey Heritage Foundation comments, “We hope that individuals will give as generously as they can during the Big Give Christmas Challenge. With every donation being doubled, this is a great way to make your funds go further to help young people with complex disabilities access ground-breaking technology. Equipment such as the Eyegaze technology is 100% funded by voluntary donations and is a great way for the children and young adults to communicate, learn and play, enhancing their wellbeing.”
Donations during the week’s fundraising are doubled with matching funding coming from two different pots – the pledgers and the champion. Chailey Heritage Foundation’s pledgers are Sunninghill Construction (£1,000), Buxted Construction (£1,250) and the E3 Group (£1,500) and the champion is Candis Magazines who are donating up to £3,500, equating to up to £7,500 match donations from the public/organisations that could raise up to £15,000 for the Eyegaze equipment.
To see Eyegaze being used by children and young people from Chailey Heritage visit www.chf.org.uk/eyegaze.