9-year-old Fermanagh girl who receives cancer treatment receives academic help from a specialized robot
A Co Fermanagh schoolgirl who is too sick to go to school due to cancer treatment has been helped by a specialized robot that keeps her in touch with her friends and teachers.
Nine-year-old Lucy Roberts of Newtownbutler is one of 15 young people from The Children’s Cancer Unit for Charity who are currently benefiting from the technology.
The robot sits in a classroom as it is monitored from their home by young people treated for cancer who cannot attend school.
The robot Lucy uses sits in her classroom at Newtownbutler Elementary School and is controlled by Lucy from her home, allowing her to interact with her classmates and teacher, helping her stay connected to life. school when she cannot attend physically.
Her mother Caroline said, “Lucy’s robot has been a lifeline for us as she misses school for treatment.
“She loves school and loves spending time with her friends, so being able to interact with her class through the robot has allowed her to be part of the school community again.
“We are delighted that Newtownbutler Elementary School welcomed this with open arms, as it made a huge difference for Lucy during this really difficult time.”
Jacqueline Wilkinson of The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity said the robotics program is a really tangible way to help children living with cancer in Northern Ireland.
“We understand the impact that long-term treatment can have on the emotional and social well-being of these children, especially when they have to miss long periods of time from school,” Jaccqueline said.
“That’s why we launched this important initiative, to help kids get back to school so they can see their friends again and continue to be part of their normal daily routine. “
The initiative is supported by Charles Hurst Toyota, the local car dealership funding the purchase of an additional robot for the charity.
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“It was very special for us to see how wonderful this robotic unit has been for Lucy,” said Luke McCready, Toyota Franchise Manager for Charles Hurst.
“When we heard about the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity’s robotics program, we knew we wanted to try and help make another robot available to CCUC. “