Corporate News 

April 2022

We were so pleased to welcome Gold-I back to our Independent Living Services (ILS), Dorincourt once again in March.

The volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure the garden is fully accessible and looking beautiful for our residents and their families. Gold-I have been supporting QEF for a number of years and we cannot thank them enough for their constant support. 

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers at Gold-I

If you would be interested in volunteering, please email

March 2022

We were delighted to welcome Bytes to our Independent Living Services (ILS), Dorincourt, in March to do some gardening.

The volunteers worked exceptionally hard to tidy up the garden and give it a much needed uplift! The gardens and pathways are looking beautiful again for our residents and their families to enjoy.

Thank you to Bijal Mehta, Kerris Hedges, Lauren Higgins, Catherine Kelly, Maisy Wilgoss, Kayleigh Reeves, Charlotte Bunker, Brogan Boyce, Emma Alder, Hollie Neeson, Charlie Hedges, Sam Hunt and Rachel Hall, we are immensely grateful to you for your support.

If you would be interested in volunteering, please email

February 2022

We were delighted to hear we were picked, once again, as LOM Architecture & Design's chosen charity for their 5-a-side football tournament. 

A huge thank you to LOM for allowing us to present to their guests at their awards ceremony after the game, it was lovely meeting so many people that took such keen interest in our wonderful charity. 

LOM have been long-time supporters of QEF, and we cannot thank them enough for their devotion and hard work in raising much-needed funding for QEF.

Thank you to everyone involved!

January 2022

A huge thank you to Bloom & Wild for their incredible donation of beautiful letterbox bouquets. 200 bouquets were received by our services for our frontline staff who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic and who continued to work over the Christmas period. Bouquets were also used in our client rooms and communal areas to brighten up the services!

We received such lovely feedback from our staff and clients and they really appreciated the unexpected surprise.

Thank you to Bloom & Wild for their kindness and generosity!

We would also like to say a special thank you to Kimberly Clark for their generosity in donating office furniture to one of our services, The Grange, this month. It was a wonderful gift that has created yet another area for residents to relax and socialise. 

Thank you to Kimberley Clark for thinking of us over such a busy period!

December 2021

We would like to say a special thank you to Tony Gee and Partners for their ongoing generosity, especially over the last year.

The wonderful staff at Tony Gee very kindly donated Christmas presents to the residents at our Independent Living Service (ILS). Residents created a Christmas wish list and members of staff picked a present to buy. All presents were based on residents’ interests and we were inundated with amazing gifts, ahead of our resident and staff Christmas party.

Jackie, Assistant Manager at ILS says: “The residents loved their gifts and had a great time opening them and watching others open theirs”.

A huge thank you to Tony Gee for their incredible kindness and generosity. Our residents really appreciated such thoughtful presents.

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

November 2021

We were delighted to welcome supporters to our 56th Guinness and Oyster Luncheon on Thursday 25 November at Mansion House. 

It was lovely to see so many familiar faces (and some new!), enjoying talks from Steve Ingham, CEO of Page Group, rugby legend, Kyran Bracken, and a wonderful client story from Toni whose husband James had been at our Care and Rehabilitation Centre.

All funds from this event will go towards the Edward Guinness Appeal and our new Care and Rehabilitation Centre.

A special thank you to our sponsors of the event Diageo and TwentyFour Asset Management. Thank you to everyone who so kindly attended the event and donated auction prizes. 

One of our unique auction prizes, a Coca Cola bear signed by Welsh Rugby supremo, Shane Williams, being transported to his new home. We hope he made the winner as happy as he made us all at the offices!

October 2021

The wonderful team at Berkeley Homes assisted MERU with toy adaptations this month.

MERU adapt battery operated toys so that they are accessible to children who use push button switches as a means of access. This service is offered free across the UK.

Berkeley Homes have always been great supporters of MERU and we are immensely grateful to them for their continued support in adapting the toys ahead of Christmas.

Thank you to all the amazing volunteers!

September 2021

We were delighted to welcome Tony Gee to our Independent Living Services (ILS), Dorincourt, on Wednesday 15 September to do some gardening.

The seven volunteers worked exceptionally hard to tidy up the garden and give it a much needed uplift! The gardens are looking beautiful again for our residents and their families to enjoy.

Thank you to all the incredible volunteers who travelled down to us - we are immensely grateful to you for your support.

If you would be interested in volunteering, please email

August 2021

We were delighted to start welcoming staff back into the office full-time this month!  

The month kicked off with our second ever 'Queens Tea', a virtual cream tea with special guests Dame Esther Rantzen, Hugo Vickers and Merlin Griffiths! 

The event was a great success, we were so grateful to be virtually interacting with our supporters once again!

July 2021

Huge thank you to Toyota Charitable Trust for £1,750 as part of their Better Tomorrow Grant Scheme.

This has funded part of our project to secure our Care and Rehabilitation Centre and improve our facilities by making Leatherhead Court more private and secure for our clients.

Pictured: Eve, QEF's Events, Community and Partnerships Executive and Gary, Director of Retail and Commercial Services are standing in front of the newly fitted gates as part of that project.

June 2021

On the 24th June, we hosted a virtual ‘Audience With…’ with special guest speakers, Sir James Wates CBE - Chairman of The Wates Group, Steve Ingham - CEO of PageGroup, Graham Race MBE - QEF’s Head of Accessible Aviation and Mary Doyle, Executive Coach and Disability Equality Trainer, Rocket Girl Coaching.

The event highlighted the importance of creating an inclusive and diverse workplace and offered insight into how every organisation can work towards becoming disability confident.

If you like a recording of the event, please contact Hayley (

If you would like to find out more about our CIPD accredited Disability Equality & Awareness training, please contact Graham (

May 2021

Donation from Toyota Charitable Trust

We were grateful to receive £1,750 of funding from Toyota Charitable Trust from their Better Tomorrow Fund. This will be used to fund our project of securing our Care and Rehabilitation Centre. This will improve our facilities by making Leatherhead Court more private and secure for our clients and service users.

Unilever Goody Bag Donation

Unilever kindly donation 80 Goody Bags in total in which 40 went to the Care & Rehabilitation Centre and 40 went to our Independent Living Services with a fair mix of men’s and woman’s products. Each Goody Bag retailed at £12 each and included shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, two types of deodorant and a 2 pack of bar soap. Some new post-COVID-19 patients arrive at our services with nothing so to be able to provide something for them is brilliant.

As you can see from the photo below, the residents at Independent Living Services were delighted to receive their Goody Bags:

April 2021

New partnership puts people with a disability in the driving seat

Specialist Vehicle Rental (SVR) has chosen Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) as our charity partner. We are committed to supporting the work of their expert Mobility Services team in enabling disabled people to increase their mobility and be as independent as possible.

Any QEF clients that choose SVR will be supported throughout; with advice that reflects your individual needs and budget right the way through to choosing a vehicle that is specially tailored to your needs.

Our commitment to you is to provide an honest and professional approach – advising rather than selling, so that you can have confidence that the vehicle is right for you and you can live as independent a life as possible.

Every customer that uses the code ‘QEF’ will receive a 5% discount* and we will also give a 5% donation to QEF. 

To find out more about leasing, hiring or adapting a car through SVR call 01922 624967 or email

*Discount not offered on Adaptions

March 2021

Following the success of QEF's inaugural Christmas Wreath Making, we launched an incredible Spring offering as part of QEF's Craft Club; beautiful Spring Wreath Making Kits and Easter Tree Kits for children.

The kits were carefully packaged by a fantastic team of volunteers and staff and sent out, with an online step-by-step video tutorial on how to assemble the wreaths and trees. Supporters created beautiful wreaths using stunning artificial flowers, fresh foliage and decorative eggs in the comfort of their own homes.

The event supported The Edward Guinness Appeal and has raised over £11,000 for the incredible new Care and Rehabilitation Centre.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this event and special thanks to Philippa Beck and Aidan Edgar for creating the tutorial and for their ongoing support.

The event was kindly sponsored by the Blair Foundation.

January 2021

In January, Berkeley Homes challenged its colleagues to cycle 388 miles (the distance between all Berkley Homes’ sites) on a static bike in just five days. Over £7,200 was raised, smashing their original £5,000 target to fund a Bugzi powered children’s wheelchair. Not only this, but the Berkeley Homes Foundation has match funded £5,000 of the total – Thank you to everyone at Berkley Homes and the Berkeley Homes Foundation for all their support!

December 2020

We are so grateful for all the support our corporate partners have given us this year, especially in challenging and unprecedented times. It is thanks to our supporters that we have been able to carry on with the vital work we do in helping people with disabilities lead as independent life as possible.

A special thank you to Unilever & Tony Gee for donating gifts for residents and front line staff at our QEF services as well as their corporate donations totalling £7,700.

November 2020

The month our virtual wish list went live!

Due to restrictions currently in place due to coronavirus, some residents will be spending Christmas at our Care Rehabilitation Centre and Independent Living Services. This means they will not be spending Christmas with their families this year. We are happy to share that with the generous support of some of our Corporate Partners including Unilever, TonyGee, Berkeley Homes and Toyota, we have secured around 600 gifts for not only our residents but front line staff as well. We can’t thank everyone who has supported our virtual wish list enough and look forward to sharing photos with you all.

October 2020

Berkeley Homes and Toyota are kindly sponsoring our upcoming Christmas Wreath Making Event taking place on Tuesday 1st of December at 11am. If you would like to find out more information about sponsoring the event or taking part, please email


September 2020

We are beyond delighted to say that we are one out of 100 charities that were chosen for Barclays 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme.


August 2020

Kimberly Clark Reigate Community Committee donated £500 to QEF. We thank you for all of your support through our Charity of The Year partnership.


July 2020

Unilever, one of our supporters, donated 389 units of hand sanitizer to our PPE Appeal. This was for our Care & Rehabilitation Centre and Independent Living Services. A big thank you to Unilever for your ongoing support.


June 2020

Toyota, one of our ongoing supporters, donated £3,000 towards our PPE Appeal for our care services due to the need for increased protection during the pandemic.

May 2020

We received a £2,500 donation from ShareGift. On behalf of everyone at QEF thank you, we really appreciate your support.

February 2020

We had two Bugzi wheelchair assessments take place at our mobility service in Carshalton. Thank you to Kimberly Clark and ExxonMobil who donated £10,000 to fund two Bugzi wheelchairs for Dylan and Zac.

January 2020

We are pleased to announce that Select Surveys has chosen us as their charity of the year!

December 2019

Inspire Day at MERU

A few Christmas elves from Berkeley Homes visited MERU as part of their inspire day and adapted toys to give children with complex disabilities the gift of play this Christmas.

Volunteer Gift Wrapping

A few of our Corporate Partners ran a voluntary gift-wrapping service for us at Sutton Shopping Centre in exchange for donations, as well as sold tickets for our raffle. Overall, £466 was raised for QEF!

November 2019

Apprentice Challenge

Our Corporate Partner OmniServ took part in the Apprentice Challenge where 6 teams had 2 hours on a specific day to see who could raised the most in one of our 19 charity stores in Surrey. The teams were judged on who sold the most during their 2 hours, the best shop window display which was voted by the public and who generated the most gift aid sign ups. The teams came up with innovative ways to raise more money such as face painting, hosting a raffle and free cake with every purchase. 

In total OmniServ raised £3,600. The winners were announced at OmniServ's annual Christmas Cheese and Wine night in December. Congratulations to the winners, Team Excellence and Collaboration and thank you to everyone involved!

Purple Month Initiative 

In November, many of our Corporate Partners took part in our Purple Month Initiative and donated their pre-loved items to our 19 charity stores. This was inspired by the first purple Tuesday that took place 13th November 2018 and was promoted as the UK's first accessible shopping day. 

QEF Guinness & Oyster Luncheon - We are delighted to announce our Sponsors for our 2019 Guinness & Oyster Luncheon:

LOM Architects, Century Recruitment and TwentyFour Asset Management.

If you are interested in sponsoring this fantastic event contact us at

October 2019

Team Gold Rush - Raising the bar

On the 5th of October, team Gold Rush from Gold-i took on Rough Runner’s 10K obstacle course which merges distance running and obstacles inspired by all the game shows we love – think Total Wipeout with a dash of Ninja Warrior - to raise money for the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF).

As a corporate partner of QEF, money raised will be in aid of their new Care and Rehabilitation Centre, which will provide a state-of-the-art hub of expertise for people with a wide range of disabilities. Using assistive technology, residents will have real control over their surroundings – for example turning on their TV, opening and closing their blinds, and controlling their heating and lighting without help from carers. So far, team Gold Rush has raised over £3000.


Contact us:

Jon Rodriguez

Head of Corporate Partnerships

Eve Kirkendall

Corporate Partnerships Executive


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