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Alice House Hospice has responded to the funding challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic in a very unique way.

NEVRlabs (North East Virtual Reality) opens on Monday 30 August, a brand new technology centre, run by and raising funds for the charity, believed to be the first of its kind.

NEVRlabs offers gaming and experiences through virtual reality, PCs and consoles. The centre focuses on entertainment, fitness, wellbeing, esports, training and education.

Using the latest technology and hardware, the centre offers a variety of experiences including driving simulators, digital escape rooms and more, all through virtual reality. In addition to this there is a wide range of non-VR experiences available to suit all tastes.

The new business, which is ‘powered by Alice House Hospice’ will also work with voluntary and community groups, schools and education providers to support and promote fitness, inclusion, mental health and learning.

Alice House Hospice is an independent charity providing care and support for families in Hartlepool and the surrounding areas who have been affected by life limiting illness or the death of a loved one.  All proceeds from NEVRlabs will provide essential funding to ensure the sustainability of these services which make a huge difference to many families.

Alice House Hospice CEO Tracy Woodall said, “During the pandemic, most of our usual fundraising events and activities were either impossible or severely compromised. Thankfully we received enough extra support and funding to get us through the crisis, but we knew that this could not last forever.

We used some of the time that we had to develop this new business, which was designed with COVID safety measures in place.

The scope of VR is endless and this is just the beginning; the opening of NEVRlabs sees the start of a brand new phase for Hospices, not just in terms of funding care, but in supporting and engaging with our local community and beyond.
The team from NEVRlabs are also working with Hospice patients, offering experiences that would otherwise be unavailable to them, such as international travel, driving a racing car or going into space, all from the comfort of their own rooms.

I would highly encourage everyone to come and see what we have to offer and I don’t believe that there is anything else anywhere, quite like this.

We can’t wait to open our doors and look forward to welcoming our first customers on 30 August.”

NEVRlabs is situated in Park Towers in the centre of Hartlepool.  You can find out more and book your first visit by visiting

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