NEW technology has arrived at a hospice which aims to give children the chance to experience new sensations.

The Lifelites charity has donated a £50,000 package of technology to Tŷ Gobaith Children’s Hospice in the Conwy valley.

Many of the children using the hospice have complex disabilities and life-threatening conditions. The specialist technology gives youngsters the opportunity to do things they never dreamed of.

With the help of playleader Diane Lloyd, Seren Williams, aged five of Kinmel Bay, got to a chance to explore an interactive world through the mobile magic carpet.

The system projects an interactive moving image of everything from swimming fish to autumn leaves onto a mat which can be put on the floor, or on a bed or wheelchair.

Also included in the technology donation is an Eyegaze, which enables children to operate computers using their eye movement, and a computer headset that enables children to imagine they are flying like an eagle above different cityscapes and countries.

There is also new ipads and computer games.

Angharad Davies: "Technology is a fantastic way for children and young people with disabilities to engage in all sorts of activities they might otherwise find a challenge, whether that is splashing in a virtual reality sea thanks to the Magic Carpet, or using the Eyegaze to control a computer.

"All of the new equipment is guaranteed to get plenty of use at Tŷ Gobaith and we are certain that the children will absolutely love it.”

Simone Enefer-Doy, chief executive of Lifelites, said: “We’re delighted to be able to donate some of our magical technology for the children and young people at Tŷ Gobaith. The huge range of equipment is specially adapted so that it can be used by anyone, regardless of their disability. Every moment is precious for these children and their families, and this technology will give them the opportunities they deserve to make the most of the time they have together.

“We couldn’t have provided this package if it wasn’t for the generosity of our supporters, so for this we are incredibly grateful to the Mark Benevolent Fund, the Provincial Grand Lodge of North Wales, the Culra Charitable Trust, the Ethel & Gwynne Morgan Charitable Trust, GamesAid and Microsoft.”

The technology, along with training and technical support services which the charity provides for free, costs around £50,000 over four years. After four years, the charity will return to replace the equipment with the latest, up to date technology.