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