Staff at the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) and residents from the charity’s Independent Living Service (ILS) have shown it really is the season of goodwill by supporting another local charity this December. They put together a special Christmas Care Package for Renewed Hope in Redhill, made up of food and household items they have donated themselves.

Renewed Hope is a charity which provides practical solutions and emotional support to the homeless, vulnerable and isolated. It offers night shelters and hot meals to the homeless and vulnerable and in March set up an emergency food bank feeding hundreds of families and individuals so desperately need during the pandemic. 

Anna Coe, Project Co-ordinator at Renewed Hope said: “Thank you to everyone at QEF for donating these items to us. They will help many needy people this winter who come to our day Drop-In, where we provide a hot meal, support, company for anyone in need. We can also signpost people to various organisations for advice and help.”

Based in Surrey, QEF provides expert advice and life-changing services to almost 10,000 disabled children and adults every year, enabling people to develop key life skills, increase mobility and maximise their independence. Residents at the charity’s Independent Living Service have complex disabilities. They receive 24-hour specialist care and support to develop key life skills, a full programme of activities and leisure pursuits and input from therapists, creating a positive environment for people to live in.

Ellie James, Activities Co-ordinator at QEF said: “During the first lockdown we decided to make a care package for the Renewed Hope Trust which included items of both food and toiletries that they desperately needed to continue the amazing work they do. With Christmas coming up we wanted to spread a little Christmas Cheer and put another package together that they can use to support those who need it most.

“As one local charity to another it is so important that we show our support now more than ever and in particular at Christmas we want to ensure everyone has their most basic of needs met. I can’t thank the staff and residents at QEF enough who have kindly donated all these items to make this care package our biggest and best yet.”