Yes there are only how many days till Christmas?
So, in time honored tradition we would like to remind you that once again you can purchase your Christmas Cards online to support our work.
QEF’s new video tells the stories of Karen, Matt, Yvonne and Max and how QEF helped them to move their lives forward to independence.
On Friday 9 October 2015 from 10am-3pm QEF is holding its first ‘Seniors Day’ where older people and their families and carers can find out more about how QEF and other specially invited exhibitors can offer advice, services and equipment to help with day-to-day living and staying on the road safely.
There are free wheelchair and mobility assessments and training on accessible vehicles and advice for older drivers.
Additionally there will be demonstrations of and opportunities to buy daily living aids and assistive technology.
Are you looking for advice about independence or continuing to drive for yourself a friend or family member? This is the perfect opportunity to seek advice and find out more.
There is no need to book if you would just like to attend. Assesments have limited availablility and must be booked in advance.
To book an assessment, please call 0208 770 1151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Simple techniques older drivers can use to make driving easier
Wheelchairs, Scooters, Boot Hoists & Ramps + Shopmobility
Solutions to the difficult scenarios of moving and handling
Advice on traveling by air or public transport
This event is being held at:
QEF Mobility Services
1 Metcalfe Avenue
If you are using a Sat Nav, please use the postcode SM5 4AN
We have had one member of staff leave the Care Department during July and August, Sabina Stypka.
We also had two new staff members join the Care Department and one new Bank worker; Ida Obara, Szymon Gadomski and Piotr Kolodziejczyk respectively.
We also welcomed a new Physiotherapyst to the Therapy department, Sofia Nousi.
A massive thank you and well done to four young people that have raised over £1400 for QEF by taking on a sponsored cycle ride along the Ridgeway ancient track in Wiltshire!
The story of how Liv, Ollie, Tilly and Alannah, who are all 12 year old started at break in school one day when t hey decided to do a sponsored bike ride.
None of them has ever cycled off road for any length of time and certainly not for 40 miles, but they had their minds set on it and are taking on the trek today!
They are riding from Marlborough where the Ridgeway starts to Streatley where it crosses the Thames, they are going to cycle over two days with the support of Liv’s Dad and Ollie’s Mum. Cycling off road is hard going, you can’t go quickly and the path is stoney and rutted, although they are cycling along the ridge it has some pretty big ups and downs along the way.
They wanted to raise money for QEF because as they told us: “It is a wonderful charity that helps the disabled and those with brain injuries do the things that they take for granted everyday. Ollie’s Uncle received a brain injury but sadly died, but this charity is one that is dear to her family.”
You can find out how they did and sponsor them at on their Just Giving page, which you can reach by clicking here.
A massive thank you from QEF to all of the cyclists that took part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 to raise funds for our work with disabled people. It was a tough day, but it looks like all of the training paid off.
Here are some pictures from our cheer stand at Dorincourt:
A new television series about a college for people with disabilities airs on the BBC on Thursday 30 July at 9pm. It features Nicki Freeman, who QEF supporters may have met at our events and heard talk about her time at QEF Neuro Rehabilitation Services, after a car accident left her with a brain injury.
Nicki will be on BBC Breakfast TV on Thursday July 30th promoting the programme. The BBC Three series is called ‘The Unbreakables’, and will be broadcast over the following few weeks.
It will be available on the BBC iPlayer at by clicking here.
One month before her 18th Birthday Nicki lost control of her car in heavy rain and collided with a tree. Both her legs were broken, as was her pelvis, and she went into a coma.
She was taken to an intensive care unit in hospital, where she spent a month before she was able to breath on her on and she slowly regained consciousness. At this point only a small amount of her ability to move returned. Once she had become medically stable Nicky started a long journey of rehabilitation at Northwick Park Hospital, where she worked hard to learn to stand up, sit and walk again, and also to speak, eat, read and all of those things most people take for granted. From there Nicki came to to QEF’s Brain Injury Centre, where she continued to work hard with our team of specialist therapists to make further gains.
From having taken her first faltering steps after her accident, 55 weeks after her accident Nicki was able to complete a one and a half mile fun run at the St Albans Half marathon and now, three years after the time she spent in neurorehabilitation at the Brain Injury Centre in Banstead, she is studying performing arts alongside work experience at National Star College in Gloucestershire.
QEF is expanding its reach and now has a shop in Horsell, near Woking! Alex, a resident at QEF’s Independent Living Services at Dorincourt was proud to cut the ribbon to declare the shop open!
Come along and find a bargain – or find out more about QEF’s services and how you could either benefit from what we do, or join us in our mission to help people with disabilities achieve their goals for life!
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