Hartlepool’s Alice House Hospice launches Northeast Virtual Reality Labs (NEVRlabs) as an entertainment technology hub that offers unforgettable gaming experiences at affordable prices.
Visitors will be able to glide on their headphones and be transported to a realistic but virtual world where they hold on to the zombie tables or have the feeling of parachuting from space.
Rhys Maddren, NEVRlabs’ virtual reality supervisor, said: “For young people in the city, this is what they have been calling.
“There has never been an easier or more fun way to raise money for charity than by playing games.”
Rhys said the idea was originally just to provide virtual reality experiences to hospice patients as something to mark their deposit lists.
But it grew leading to the creation of an entirely new dedication to gaming fans of all ages.
“This is a unique adventure for Alice House Hospice,” he said.
“There are similar places across the country, but the difference with this one is that it’s a fundraising company.”
Players will have a variety of virtual reality games to choose from, including a selection of escape rooms.
The center also features driving and motorcycle simulators and a virtual reality treadmill device called KAT that allows for an even more immersive experience.
There are also two rooms dedicated to sports: competitive video game sports, where the local stars of the future can be nurtured.
Rhys added: “Gaming is an absolutely massive industry, bigger than cinema.
“This will also connect young people with the hospice in a way they had not done before, so it will also provide them with that education.”
There are plans for regular competitions and events. And NEVRlabs will work in cooperation with schools, colleges, universities and other charities to help young people collaborate, compete and build trust.
Tracy Woodall, executive chairwoman of Alice House, said: “We are very excited about this opportunity. Hospices are under significant financial pressure and we need to be able to adapt to survive.”
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