Our office in Summertown has been selling the book “It Never Rains in the Magic Wood” written by a local author. This has been a real success and the funds raised from sales of the book our charity of the year, Oxford Children’s Hospital, have manged to purchase a new robot for the school which is located within the Children’s Hospital.
Our Marketing team were delighted to have had the opportunity to visit the Children’s Hospital earlier this year. We had no idea that there were classrooms within the unit, and were very impressed by the way in which they accommodate and provide education to children with chronic illnesses. We were particularly impressed with the Telepresence robots and so we are very pleased that the book sales have enabled the hospital to purchase another.
More information about the robotic technology, in the words of Oxford Hospital:
‘They are Pioneering Technology’
When young patients can’t go to school because of chronic illness it can be devastating. Not only do they lose their interaction with mainstream education, but also their social relationships suffer too. But thanks to a pioneering project, the first of its kind in the UK, robotic technology is being used to keep children in touch with their teachers and classmates.
Telepresence robots allow their users to see, hear, move around and interact in real time with their classmates and teachers, despite not physically being there. The child operates the robot from their home or hospital bed, and can watch and take part in lessons through a camera and speaker. Classmates and teachers can see and speak to the pupil on a live screen feed, and the pupil can move the wheel-mounted robot around the school, between lessons and to the dinner hall, for example, to spend time with their friends.
After a successful pilot, two additional telepresence robots were purchased thanks to the support of Oxford Children’s Hospital Charity and two very special children’s books.
So far this year we have raised £6,262.10 and have more plans for fundraising over the next few months. We aim to raise £10,000 this year for Oxford Children’s Hospital.