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!
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.
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Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the guest speaker at the fundraiser for QEF Neuro Rehabilitation Services
Former prime minister Sir John Major recently joined QEF for a fundraising dinner.
Find out more about some of the cyclists taking on the Prudential Ride-London Surrey 100 for QEF
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Courses start at 9.30am
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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
10 November ADI Module 1 – Older Drivers
25 November ADI Advanced Module
3 December Advice on Transfer, seating and Posture for transport for Healthcare Professionals
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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)
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The 47th Guinness and Oyster Luncheon took place on Thursday 22 November, 2012, at Mansion House in the City of London. Over 400 guests attended this historic City event, kindly sponsored by Diageo and co-sponsor Oracle. Former England Rugby Captain, Martin Corry, entertained guests talking about some of his rugby experiences and there was a surprise special guest appearance from Welsh rugby legend JPR Williams. QEF Vocational Services trainee, Sean, gave the audience a moving account of how a life changing event in his late teens had brought him to QEF and how this had transformed his life.
As well as the Guinness and sumptuous oysters guests partook in a Silent Auction and Grand Draw and over £53,000 was raised from the event in aid of QEF.
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