The Edward Guinness Appeal

With the support of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (then Her Royal Highness the Duchess of York) QEF was officially opened on the 27th June 1935. Originally a college to provide employment training for people with disabilities, over the years, QEF has evolved to provide vital care and support to disabled individuals and their families. 

Now, 85 years on, QEF are developing a new Care and Rehabilitation Centre. By bringing together expertise from across the existing residential services under one roof, QEF will be able to develop new and innovative, person-centred care and rehabilitation in the heart of Surrey. Through this landmark build, QEF wants to be at the forefront of specialist disability care and neuro rehabilitation using accessible technology to support our clients through what can be a very difficult journey.

We will create a state-of-the-art facility with an advanced therapeutic area, whilst also providing a homely, comfortable environment. The Edward Guinness Appeal will raise the remaining £2.7 million needed to complete this incredible new centre. Together we can build futures and change lives.

"As a former trustee I’ve supported the vital work of QEF now for almost 4 decades and I’m immensely proud to continue to do so. At this hugely exciting time in the history of QEF we are launching an appeal to complete the incredible new Care & Rehabilitation Centre. A centre that will enable QEF to transform the care they can provide for those with often devastating acquired brain injuries and longer term, complex disabilities. Please support generously, thank you." Edward Guinness CVO, Appeal President


"QEF has a long and proud history which we are continuing today through the creation of a centre of excellence where people with disabilities will be empowered to live their lives to the fullest. We are honoured that Edward Guinness has supported us for many years and is launching an appeal to see this transformative new Centre completed. A truly incredible contribution and commitment to our work.
On behalf of everyone his dedication has helped over the years and all those who will benefit in the future, thank you Edward. Thanks also to everyone inspired to support the appeal, you are truly making a massive difference to those facing disability."

Karen Deacon, QEF Chief Executive


Watch our 360 degree film

This 360 degree film shows the development of the Care and Rehabilitation Centre. Use your mouse to look around all the different areas that are being created and hear QEF's Chief Executive, Karen Deacon, explain how this will be a centre of disability expertise, delivering a person-centred service that enables people to achieve their potential. 

For more information or to support the appeal please contact Marisa or call 01737 841 120