In January 2020 QEF were financially stable and looking forward to opening the Care and Rehabilitation Centre in Spring and all the benefits this would offer service users. But the spread of the coronavirus and the resulting lockdown had a sudden and unpredicted impact on QEFs finances.
With large scale events cancelled, our voluntary income dropped by £500,000 in just a few weeks and we anticipated a £1 million shortfall. We have done everything possible to mitigate this drop in income; furloughing staff, exploring Government support, renegotiating payments, selling assets and developing new opportunities to raise money. At the same time, we have prioritised support for our frontline services, continually providing care and support for clients and residents who are some of the most vulnerable people in this pandemic and supporting our therapy and care staff through unprecedented challenges.
With stretched resources, our expert neuro rehabilitation teams are also in greater demand; working closely with the NHS to provide rehabilitation for post COVID-19 patients who have complex needs as a result of their illness. We are very proud to be playing our part in the recovery from this pandemic, helping us all to move forward by supporting people when they need us most.
Despite all our efforts to bridge this unprecedented gap in our funding, we still need to raise £500,000 by the end of September 2020 to ensure our services can survive the financial impact of this pandemic.
So far, thanks to the generosity of many people and organisations, we have raised £337,000.
Without urgent funding:
- We can’t cover all our operating costs, even though these have been reduced as much as possible
- We can’t equip the first floor of the newly opened Care and Rehabilitation Centre, so this floor currently remains closed
- Some of our mobility focused services may not be able to reopen as before
- We won’t be able to catch up on missed mobility assessments - helping people of all ages to be independently mobile
- We can’t support children left without independent mobility - children not only stuck at home but unable to move around the house to play with their siblings
TV star Emma Barton is Patron of the appeal
TV star and Strictly Come Dancing finalist, Emma Barton, is Patron of the Survive and Thrive emergency appeal. Emma says:
"As a Surrey resident for more than 20 years, I was honoured to be asked to support QEF’s emergency Survive and Thrive appeal. Their work enables children and adults with disabilities to be as independent as possible – helping each person to live the life they choose. They change peoples’ lives. Any one of us could find ourselves relying on their expertise, whether it be after a stroke or a road accident that results in a brain injury. And today QEF are also supporting people who have suffered a neurological complication from COVID-19, so it’s vitally important that their services continue to be there for the people who rely on them.”
As well as helping to raise awareness of the Survive and Thrive appeal, Emma has also taken part in QEF's fundraising challenge, ‘Reach the Peak - The Big Climb’. This event challenges people, either individually or in teams, to complete the equivalent distance of one or all of The Three Peaks! This can be done by walking or running the equivalent miles or climbing the ascent in stairs. The challenge is made even harder as it needs to be completed during September!
Emma and several friends walked 13 miles through the beautiful Surrey countryside on 6th September, more than the equivalent distance of Ben Nevis, and has raised over £1,500 to support QEF's appeal. You can still sponsor Emma's challenge here. Take on your own Reach the Peak challenge and help QEF reach the summit of our emergency appeal and hit our £500,000 target. Find out how more and register for 'Reach the Peak - the Big Climb to receive your Three Peaks Guide and Map.
Your support really makes a difference to people of all ages
Our Bugzi loan scheme, provided by our subsidiary charity MERU, relies entirely on fundraised income to give children with complex mobility challenges the gift of independent mobility. Read Jude’s story of how he and his family are struggling as a result of missing out on a Bugzi before lockdown.
We need your support today so we can continue to provide expert services that enable disabled people of all ages to achieve their potential.