50th Anniversary Guinness and Oyster Luncheon surpasses expectations.

Expectations of a successful 50th Guinness and Oyster Luncheon at Mansion House were totally surpassed with a record breaking total of £91,892.89 raised for a new specialist care and rehabilitation centre which will help people to recover from brain injuries.

While the Guinness and oysters naturally took the starring role, Mark Howarth, a former brain injury resident, spoke about his experiences recovering from a brain haemorrhage that left him with serious cognitive and communications issues. His dramatic improvement, he said, could not have happened without QEF.

Other speakers included QEF President, Corinna Lady Hamilton of Dalzell DL, Sheriff of the City of London, Dr Christine Rigden, who spoke on behalf of the Lord Mayor and Rugby legends, Mark Regan MBE and Zinzan Brooke who entertained with audacious stories from the field of play.

Grateful thanks for ensuring the success of this event go to the sponsors: Diageo, Lead sponsor, Oracle and Intel, co-sponsors, and Cenkos Securities, Red Stack Tech and Oakley Capital, 50th Anniversary sponsors. Record breaking prize draw sales and silent auction bids also contributed to the worthy result for this milestone event.

Guinness and Oyster Committee chairman, Mike Lobb, said, “on behalf of my fantastic committee I must thank everyone who supported our 50th Anniversary lunch in any way. The record breaking success of this year translates into real help for people recovering from brain injuries.”  

December 3rd, 2015

QEF's 'A Different Point of View' at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015

Tuesday June 30, 2015 – Sunday July 5, 2015

Hampton Court Palace

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At this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People will be presenting ‘A Different Point of View’, a summer garden designed by Juliet Hutt.

The garden is inspired by  the continuing need for people with acquired brain injuries to look at the problems and issues they face in new ways. Unusually for a show garden, it was planned with a long-term future in mind, and we plan to transport it to a QEF centre after the show.

A Different Point of View follows on from the success of our award winning Garden for Joy at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2013 and its subsequent transportation to Dorincourt, where QEF Independent Living Services resides.

This year the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is on from 30 June to 5 July.

You can find out more about QEF’s A Different Point of View and book tickets to the show on the RHS website here:




June 10th, 2015

Abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit for QEF Neuro Rehabilitation Services

Last weekend, three very brave QEF supporters, Robert Matthews, Sarah Matthews and Laura Stawman, took on the challenge of abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to raise funds for QEF Neuro Rehabilitation Services.

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Sarah told us:

Brain injury is a life-changing injury, not only for the person injured but also for the family around them. A few years ago our father suffered a severe brain injury, before this we had little knowledge on the injury and the often catastrophic results. Without finding QEF and receiving the help and support we so desperately needed we do not know what we would have done.

We have wanted to raise money for QEF for a while, it has been a huge part of our lives for the past couple of years and without QEF Neuro Rehabilitation Services and the invaluable outreach services they provide we do not know how we would cope with everyday life. We wanted to do a challenge large enough that people would want to sponsor us.

The abseil itself came about through a friend, who was given the opportunity to abseil from the Orbit Sculpture at the Olympic Park. We decided that this would be a good challenge if we could join their team. Our father was admitted into hospital just a few days before the start of the London Olympics so the entire family missed the whole event, for this reason the abseil felt like a suitable challenge, it was our part of the Olympics.

The abseil itself was strangely peaceful. All 3 of us had abseiled before but only off low towers at activity campsites etc. None of us had abseiled off a sculpture that was 80m tall, or had no wall to bounce down! The most difficult part was trusting the rope and lowering yourself over the edge. Once we were over the edge it was a very calming experience. The noise of all the excited/nervous people waiting to do their abseil disappeared and all you were left with was the view. It was an enjoyable experience taking in the view around you of the London skyline and concentrating on lowering yourself on the rope. It is something none of us are likely to do again and we are pleased that we have been able to raise some money to help towards a charity that is very close to our hearts but also to raise awareness of brain injury, something that so few people have an understanding of.

We have currently raised just over £900 which we hope will continue to increase slightly. Our Just Giving page is still open for donations: https://www.justgiving.com/QEFabseil/

We would also like to thank everyone who supported our abseil and has helped raise money for the Queen Elizabeth Foundation for Disabled People.

Congratulations and a massive thank you from QEF to Sarah, Robert and Laura, and a massive thank you to everyone that sponsors them too!


April 27th, 2015

Open Garden Timber Hill

Come and enjoy the wonderful gardens of Timber Hill on Sunday 19 April in aid of Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People. The 16 acre garden offers a peaceful landscape for guests to explore with a variety of beautiful and budding plants.

Entry to the garden is £4.50 and children are admitted FREE. The garden will be open from 11:30am until 4:30pm with refreshments available throughout the day. Parking and disabled access is available. Please note dogs are not permitted in the garden.

You can find Timber Hill Gardens at Timber Hill, Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8JF.

For more information please contact Ella Sykes: 01372 841222 or ella.sykes@qef.org.uk

January 15th, 2015

QEF Autumn Ladies Lunch with Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the guest speaker at the fundraiser for QEF Neuro Rehabilitation Services

October 10th, 2014

QEF fundraising dinner at the Oval with Sir John Major

Former prime minister Sir John Major recently joined QEF for a fundraising dinner.

September 26th, 2014

Team QEF for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

Find out more about some of the cyclists taking on the Prudential Ride-London Surrey 100 for QEF

August 4th, 2014

What’s New in Training?

To book your place, arrange bespoke training or request further details on any of our courses please call:  0208 770 1151 or email: mobility@qef.org.uk

Courses start at 9.30am- Registration from 9am

 7 – 9 July                ADI 3 day Teaching People with Disability to Drive

20 August             ADI Module 3 – Techniques for teaching those with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism   

8 October              Disability Awareness for Travel Industry 

15 October            ADI Module 2 – Teaching Deaf Pupils

3 December         Advice on Transfer, seating and Posture for transport for Healthcare Professionals

Bespoke training can be arranged to suit you or your group   e.g.

ADI Module 4 & 5 Seating & Posture for Driving & Vehicle Adaptations  (can be arranged for a group of 6 or more)

ADI Module 6 & 7 Neurological Conditions & Visual Impairment  (can be arranged for a group of 6 or more)

Powered Wheelchair and Scooter Safety  (can be arranged for a group of 6 or more)

Introduction to Car Adaptations for Healthcare Profs   (can be arranged for a group of 6 or more)          

Ring 0208 770 1151 for more details and dates.

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