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Assault Course Challenge in aid of disabled veterans

August 4, 2017qahhNews

_RF_5743Worthing-based charity, The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, is on the hunt for people to take part in its Assault Course Challenge on Sunday 10 September at Lodge Hill, Pulborough.

Set in stunning woodland in the heart of the South Downs National Park, soldiers will be putting you through your paces over the 5km course, which includes flooded tunnels, smoke bombs, mud, rope climbs, tyre runs, log carries and much more! There’s also a medal for all participants and a trophy for the winning team!

The event is being held to raise money for the charity, which provides nursing, rehabilitation, respite and end-of-life care to disabled ex-Servicemen and women and members of their family.

Event organiser, Samantha Stokes, said, “The assault course promises to be a really fun challenge! You can take part individually, or you can sign up as a team if you’d like to do it with friends or colleagues. All the money raised by the event will help us to provide QAHH residents with the rehabilitation services that they need, like physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.”

Entry costs just £15 per person, and the charity asks that you try to raise some sponsorship. To sign up, call the QAHH Fundraising Team on 01903 218444. But hurry, you need to register by 1 September!

QAHH helps aged veterans in the local community

July 27, 2017qahhNews
Ex-Serviceman, Hadley Norris, with QAHH Physiotherapists, Camilla and Karan

Ex-Serviceman, Hadley Norris, with QAHH Physiotherapists, Camilla and Karan

Last year, The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) which cares for physically disabled ex-Servicemen and women, was awarded a grant from the Aged Veterans Fund to provide free physiotherapy sessions to veterans aged over 65 living in the local area.  For the first time, QAHH was able to open its doors to non-residents at weekends, to help those veterans who need physiotherapy to help keep them as mobile and active as possible. The sessions, provided free of charge by The Chancellor using LIBOR Funds, were held on Saturdays when the Physiotherapy Dept is usually closed and over the last year has welcomed 68 veterans aged between 66 and 96 years old.

Lead Physiotherapist at QAHH Karan Dhanak explains ‘When we advertised the service, we found that there are so many local veterans who are really struggling to keep mobile and independent and need help with their mobility and pain reduction – basically a helping hand to ensure they can continue to be independent and live at home for as long as possible. Each veteran was assessed to see how we could help them and improve their quality of life and a programme of exercises was established specially tailored to each individual. Over the 6 week sessions that each veteran received, our aim was to improve their mobility, reduce their pain levels and give them exercises so that they can self-manage their condition at home after the sessions have ended.”

Over the course of the year, 68 local veterans benefitted from the free physiotherapy sessions, one being 90 year old ex-Serviceman Hadley Norris who explains “I was having dreadful problems with my back and had seen many professionals but no one could help me. Then I went to the weekend physiotherapy at QAHH and within one session, the Physiotherapist, Karan, diagnosed scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, and he gave me exercises that I did in the sessions and at home. After several weeks the improvement was amazing. I now have less pain, I stand a lot straighter and can now walk 5 miles which I have not managed for many years. I feel better from top to toe and continue to do my exercises every single day. I am so grateful that The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home helped me and I no longer feel like a bent old man.”

Elizabeth Baxter, Head of Fundraising & Marketing at QAHH adds, “The feedback from the ex-Servicemen and women has been excellent and everyone has benefitted in some way and for some it has transformed their well-being. Many have reported having less pain and discomfort and many others have increased their mobility and confidence.  We are very grateful to have received the funding from The Aged Veterans Fund and it has been a pleasure for QAHH to support aged veterans in our local community.”

Life-Saving Appeal – Roll of Honour

July 17, 2017qahhNews

The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home would like to thank the following people and organisations for so kindly donating a total of £6,060 to purchase a Cough Assist Machine. Thanks to their generosity we are now able to purchase this life-saving piece of equipment.

Mr I Anthony

Mrs P Ashley

Mrs G E Barford

Ms E G Baxter

Major DEH Buckingham

Mr Stuart Burchett

Ms Giovina Cacciacarro

Mr P Cotton

Miss G Chittenden

Mr Robert Chittleborough

Mrs Sandra Crayford

Brigadier & Mrs Douglas-Nugent

Mr & Mrs Downes

English Martyrs Catholic Church

Mrs R Franklin

Miss J Funnell

Mr M Gilmore

Mrs Elizabeth Goodenough

Mrs S Gough

Mr F Hammond

Mr J M Hanmore

Sir CRP Hanson

Mr S Harrison

Mrs D J Hoare

Mr A L Home

AD & FS Leslie

Mr & Mrs Linford

Mr BDS Lock

Mrs J McMahon

Miss P Marsden

Ms D Metcalfe

Mr P Morrell

Lt Col & Mrs SW Orton

Lt-Cdr JAF Pugsley RN

REF De Pass Trust

Brian & Marion Ramble

Major F J Reynolds

Mrs P Rollinson

Mrs J Rouse

Mrs N Saunders

Mr I R Scott

Mr Tom Slade

Mr R Spears

Mrs M Tattersall

Miss A M Terry

Mrs K Wells

Major P Williamson MBE

Mr PDF Willesden

 

 

QAHH Summer Fayre raises over £5,500 for disabled veterans

July 17, 2017qahhNews
Town Crier, Bob Smytherman, with QAHH Head of Fundraising, Elizabeth Baxter

Town Crier, Bob Smytherman, with QAHH Head of Fundraising, Elizabeth Baxter (Photo credit: John Young Photography)

On Saturday 8 July, The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) opened its doors for its annual Summer Fayre. The event raised a total of £5,575 for the charity!

The Summer Fayre is held to raise money for the Worthing-based Hospital Home, which cares for disabled ex-Servicemen and women. QAHH strives to improve the mobility and independence of its residents through rehabilitation services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social and recreation activities.

Visitors browsed the various market and craft stalls, took part in tombolas and raffles, and were treated to performances by dance troupes and military band, The Band of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.

Adam the Magician wowed kids and their parents with his entertaining magic show, soldiers from the Royal Artillery at Thorney Island displayed equipment and weaponry, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Worthing both attended and officially opened the Fayre.

Event organiser, Samantha Stokes, explained: “The Summer Fayre is a chance for us to invite the community in and show off QAHH. It also allows us to raise vital funds so that we can continue to offer the facilities and services we do to our residents.

“I’d like to thank everyone who came along to the fayre, and special thanks to all the stallholders, entertainers, volunteers, QAHH residents and staff for helping make the day a huge success.”

See more photos from the day on our Facebook page! 

Local pub supports military charity with a month of fundraising

June 19, 2017qahhNews
Newspaper article from 1963

Newspaper article from 1963

The Fox Inn, Patching has chosen to support the Worthing-based Queen Alexandra Hospital Home in July.

The month-long fundraising initiative takes place throughout July, and includes in-house collections and a pub quiz!

The quiz will take place at The Fox, Arundel Road, Patching on Tuesday 18 July at 6.30pm. It costs £5 per person to enter, and this includes a cone of chips per person. On the night, there will also be a raffle and other games for you to participate in.

The Fox Inn has a history with QAHH, having supported the charity back in the 60s. In 1963, National Hunt champion jockey, Josh Gifford, knocked down a pile of pennies which had been collected on the bar for the charity. The pennies amounted to £42 8s 3d, which in today’s money would be a whopping £815! The pub hopes to recreate this historic moment at the end of July.

QAHH Fundraising Officer, Samantha Stokes, said: “We are delighted that the Fox Inn is supporting QAHH and our residents again. It would be fantastic if we can beat the amount raised back in 1963 – but however much is raised will all go towards providing nursing and rehabilitation care for our veterans, helping them lead more independent and fulfilled lives.”

Since 1919, The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home has been providing care and rehabilitation for physically disabled ex-Servicemen and women. Services at QAHH include nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy.

To pre-book your team’s place in the quiz, contact Sam on 01903 218444 or email: Samantha-stokes@qahh.org.uk

 

All the fun of the fayre, in aid of disabled veterans

June 12, 2017qahhNews

There will be bunting galore on Boundary Road, Worthing on Saturday 8 July, as The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) opens its doors to the public for its Summer Fayre!

The charity’s annual event is held to raise money for the local Hospital Home, which cares for disabled ex-Servicemen and women. QAHH strives to improve the mobility and independence of its residents through rehabilitation services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social and recreation activities.

Event organiser, Samantha Stokes, explains: “The Summer Fayre is a chance for us to invite the community in and show off QAHH. It also allows us to raise vital funds so that we can continue to offer the facilities and services we do for our veterans. We have a whole host of different attractions at the Fayre this year; there really is something for everyone, so come and see us and bring your friends and family too!”

The event promises to be fun for all ages, including market and craft stalls, a pop-up charity shop, live music, a dance troupe, children’s entertainment, a magician, plenty of food and refreshments, plus military exhibitions! There will also be a special performance by military band, The Band of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.

The QAHH Summer Fayre is on from 1.30pm until 4pm, and entry is by donation. The QAHH Grand Prize Draw will also take place on the same day – you can buy your tickets in advance from QAHH – contact Samantha on 01903 218444 or email: samantha-stokes@qahh.org.uk

Success for Team QAHH at Worthing 10k

June 8, 2017qahhNews
Some of Team QAHH

Some of Team QAHH

On Sunday, 16 runners took on the Worthing 10k in aid of The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home! The team included QAHH staff and relatives of QAHH residents, both past and present. All of our runners did a fantastic job! A massive ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ to all of you!

The sponsorship money is still being counted, but one runner has raised over £550 alone!

Local military charity celebrates sixth year of support

June 8, 2017qahhNews
QAHH residents Michael, Patricia and Patrick thank BAE Systems

QAHH residents Michael, Patricia and Patrick thank BAE Systems

Local military charity, The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), is celebrating its sixth year of support from BAE Systems. The company recently donated £10,000 to the Worthing-based charity, which cares for physically disabled ex-Servicemen and women.

The generous donation from BAE Systems in Rochester – which design, develop and produce some of the world’s most advanced avionics equipment – will go to fund QAHH’s rehabilitation services at their facility on Boundary Road.  This includes physiotherapy to keep veterans as active and mobile as possible, and speech therapy to help those who have had a brain injury learn to speak again. Since 2012, BAE Systems has donated over £50,000 to fund care for disabled veterans and continues a relationship which is so vital to the charity.

Elizabeth Baxter, Head of Fundraising & Marketing at QAHH said, “All the staff and veterans at QAHH are so grateful that BAE Systems, Rochester continue to support us, and our relationship with them is so important to us.  The amazing support that they have given to QAHH over the last six years has helped us to achieve our fundraising targets and provide our wonderful veterans with the care they need and so richly deserve.  The rehabilitation that the £10,000 will fund will greatly improve the mobility, independence and overall quality of life of the veterans we care for, and we thank all at BAE Systems for their generous and continued support.”

“As an organisation with a military heritage, we’re incredibly proud to support the men and women who make up our Armed Forces community,” commented Sallyann Mclean, Site Lead Executive at BAE Systems in Rochester. “The care and support QAHH provides to its residents is unparalleled and vital in ensuring quality of life – it’s our pleasure to support them in their efforts for a sixth consecutive year. At BAE Systems we are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate, and will continue to work together with local communities to support service members, past and present, as well as their families.”

 

Get peace of mind with the QAHH Make a Will Month 2017

May 23, 2017qahhNews

In June 2017, The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), Worthing, is teaming up with three local Solicitors for its Make a Will initiative. The participating Solicitors have all kindly agreed to waive their usual Will-writing fees in exchange for a donation to the charity.

Having an up-to-date Will is the best way to ensure that your wishes are not forgotten. Without one, you can’t be sure that your money and property will be passed on to the people and good causes you care about most. We should all make or update our Wills following life events such as marriage, having children, divorce or retirement – but it needn’t be daunting or expensive.

QAHH’s Make a Will Fortnight is a simple and cost-effective process. Bookings can be made now, with appointments taking place throughout June 2017. The minimum suggested donations are £70 for a Codicil, £120 for a Single Will and £200 for a Double Will – all less than standard Will-writing fees, and 100% of which will go directly towards supporting disabled veterans at QAHH.

Established in 1919, The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home is a registered charity, providing care and rehabilitation for physically disabled ex-Servicemen and women. The residents who live at QAHH have complex needs and some have multiple disabilities. Many have an Acquired Brain Injury and some have neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis. Others are paralysed or do not have use of their limbs and some are terminally ill. By making your Will via this initiative, you will be helping QAHH to maintain its nursing and rehabilitation services for those who have bravely served and protected our country.

To find out more about QAHH’s Make a Will Month or to book an appointment, please contact QAHH Fundraising Officer, Clare Smith on 01903 218444 or email: clare-smith@qahh.org.uk

 

Quiz night helps to raise £1,700 for disabled veterans

May 17, 2017qahhNews
The winning team, 'The Mixed Bunch'

The winning team, ‘The Mixed Bunch’

On Thursday 4 May, 15 teams competed to become quiz champions at The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home’s (QAHH) spring quiz night, and helped to raise £1,700 for the charity.

QAHH supporter and member of Chippingdale Cricket Club networking group, Pete Mansell, acted as quizmaster. He led the teams through 10 interactive rounds of questions, which included pictures and sound clips.
Three QAHH residents and their families also joined in the fun and lively quiz.

The winning team was ‘the Mixed Bunch’, who took home a trophy and their prize – a VIP night out at Gala Bingo.

Event organiser, Samantha Stokes, said, “From everyone here at QAHH, I’d like to thank Pete Mansell for being such a brilliant quizmaster. And thank you to everyone who came and took part and helped us to raise this fantastic amount of money for our residents’ care and rehabilitation.”

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