‘Ev­ery sin­gle time we help some­one, that’s im­por­tant’

Surrey Life - - Charitable Life -

Do you have any well-known sup­port­ers or pa­trons? We are proud that The Queen Mother was our pa­tron and we have sev­eral well-known peo­ple amongst our vice pa­trons and pres­i­dents in­clud­ing Dame Pene­lope Keith, Lau­rence Llewe­lyn-bowen, and Ni­cholas Witchell. Dame Tanni GreyThomp­son and Sir Ran­ulph Fi­ennes sup­port our events, and we’re lucky to have the ten­nis star Henri Le­conte and Last Leg pre­sen­ter Adam Hills sup­port­ing a din­ner we are host­ing at Wim­ble­don this month. COM­ING UP: The Cen­tre Court Din­ner at The All Eng­land Lawn Ten­nis Club takes place on De­cem­ber 5 at 6.30pm Tick­ets cost £125. Visit qef.org.uk/ events to find out more de­tails. If you’re in­ter­ested in help­ing at QEF, con­tact Vol­un­teer Co­or­di­na­tor Hazel Drye on 01372 841135 or Cor­po­rate and Com­mu­nity Fundrais­ing Man­ager Sue Pressey on 01327 841223. If read­ers were to give £10, how might that be spent? That would pay for an in­ter­ac­tive toy to be adapted so that it can be used by a dis­abled child, or for a trip out for one of our res­i­dents to go bowl­ing or to the cin­ema.

What can read­ers do if they’d like to get in­volved them­selves? We are al­ways look­ing for new vol­un­teers, or you can sup­port us through your com­pany or busi­ness or spon­sor an event. We ap­pre­ci­ate all sup­port, no mat­ter how large or small, as our con­nec­tion with the lo­cal com­mu­nity is so very im­por­tant.

What is your top fundrais­ing tip? If you’re in­ter­ested in rais­ing money by run­ning your own event or chal­lenge, then start small. Try to be in­no­va­tive and de­velop ideas around the things that re­ally in­ter­est you. How im­por­tant is phi­lan­thropy in our county? An ac­ci­dent or ill­ness that could cause a dis­abil­ity could strike any­one at any time, so it’s vi­tal that our ser­vices are al­ways there. I’d like to is­sue a call to ac­tion and en­cour­age Sur­rey’s res­i­dents to sup­port us and get in­volved, as we need their sup­port to help raise £5 mil­lion to com­plete our new Care and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre at our Leather­head HQ.

What do you en­joy most about be­ing based in Sur­rey? Sur­rey is a beau­ti­ful county with amaz­ing ru­ral open spa­ces, but Lon­don is also close, and it’s got very help­ful ac­ces­si­ble trans­port links.

What do you hope to achieve in the fu­ture? We’re go­ing to be a much more sig­nif­i­cant player in both the county and coun­try as we will be able to do even more to ben­e­fit peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

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