Surf, safari and the slopes at the Regional Conference
An exciting new opportunity was on offer at our South and East Joint Regional conference on Sunday 24 September. Delegates were able to take a trip around the world or participate in extreme sports from the comfort of the venue, all thanks to a virtual reality experience provided by Leon Ancliffe and Flix Films.
People living with MND, their families and carers all had a chance to try everything from skiing to safari. John Small, who is living with MND, took on an extreme challenge in the form of virtual reality surfing. John said: “The experience was absolutely wonderful. This is my first time doing anything like this. I felt so close to reality here – as if I was surfing myself. I can definitely see the value in virtual reality for people living with MND, especially if they want to do something they like to observe; it would make a significant difference in their lives.”
Soha Hussain, whose Grandmother has recently been diagnosed with MND, could see the benefits to the experience. “She is not here today but I would love it if she tried virtual reality. It was fun; very different and very relaxing. I can see why people in hospices would like this as it was quite soothing.”
Flix Films are engaged in studies in partnership with Royal Trinity Hospice, the MND Association and other leaders in the field, with the common aim of understanding how VR can impact health outcomes. They create targeted VR material that will not only enhance the lives of those suffering from debilitating or isolating conditions, but will also allow for a better and more real experience when training those who care for and work with such people.