Developing a centre of disability expertise

Construction began in June 2018 on our new Care and Rehabilitation Centre (CRC). This centre, specifically designed for QEF, will be a fantastic, state-of-the-art hub of expertise for people with a wide range of disabilities.  It will be the largest ever investment in our facilities, and the first new build in our 85 year history.

Why do we need a new centre?

At QEF we work with a growing number of disabled people each year – from around 1,000 in 2012 to just over 5,000 in 2017. Demand for our expertise is rising every year. For example, there are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year (around one every five minutes*), and in 2014 approximately 956 people a day went to hospital with an acquired brain injury***.

The new centre will bring together our expert, multi-disciplinary teams under one roof, creating a hub of disability expertise, with access to the latest assistive technology and therapy facilities.

We’ll be able to provide an increasingly person-centred service that reflects individuals' needs, setting goals for development to help each person become more independent and rebuild their lives.

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Find out more about how QEF's expertise helps people to rebuild their lives and maximize independence


How you can be part of The Edward Guinness appeal:

  • Financial  gift 
    Every donation will help us build and equip the CRC. To make an online donation please click here.  To find out more about sponsoring a room or therapy space email 
    Alternatively you could set up a direct debit which allow us to plan in a more efficient way, save administrative costs and set budgets with confidence. If you are able to consider a regular gift to QEF, please download our Direct Debit Form.
  • Corporate Sponsorship - email our corporate partnership team to find out more about the different ways in which we can work with your company
  • Hold an event - email our events team who can support you with ideas and information for a wide variety of fundraising events 
  • Provide  raffle / auction  prizes  for  QEF  events - donations of prizes are an important way of helping us to raise funds
  • Participate in a challenge event  such as the London  Marathon contact our events team to find out more
  • Introduce people to QEF who may be able  to support the appeal - contact our philanthropy team 

    Increasing demand for our services

    - In the next 20 years the rate of first time strokes in people aged 45+ is expected to increase by 59%*
    - The number of people surviving strokes in the same age group is expected to increase by 123%*
    - Hospital admissions for motorcycle related injuries for 20-29 year olds have increased by 19.7% over ten years since 2006
    - In the same period, hospital admissions for those aged over 50 have increased by 39% to 2,183 a year**
    - Hospital admissions for acquired brain injuries have increased by 10% since 2005-6 **
    - Someone is admitted to hospital every 90 seconds in the UK with an acquired brain injury, and every 3 minutes with a head injury***

    * Stroke ‘State of the nation’ report, Feb 2018
    ** NHS Digital /The Times, 9 August 2018
    *** Headway

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