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Half Marathon Runners Raise Over £1,000 for Disabled Veterans

February 15, 2017qahhNews
Pat Henry and the QAHH team cheer on the runners

Pat Henry and the QAHH team cheer on the runners

Three runners took on the Worthing Half Marathon on Sunday 12 February, in order to raise money for The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), which cares for disabled ex-Servicemen and women.

Andy Henry, Liam Tulett and Steve Tait-Bower all successfully completed last Sunday’s half marathon and, so far, they have collectively raised £1,230 for the Worthing-based charity.

Since 1919, QAHH has provided care and rehabilitation services, such as nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy to disabled veterans and their families.

Andy’s Mum, Patricia Henry, moved to live at QAHH in July last year.

Andy explains, “I am running two half marathons this year to raise some awareness and funds for The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home. The charity provides valuable care for ex-Service personnel and their relatives. I am fortunate enough for them to be looking after my Mum while she suffers from a degenerative condition called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), which is severely affecting her day to day living. The amazing care and support that QAHH staff provide for my Mum and the other residents is second to none, and I hope that I can raise some funds for them to be able to carry on with this service and improve the lives of those living there.

Part of the 13.1-mile route saw the runners pass QAHH on Boundary Road. The QAHH Fundraising Team, along with Patricia, waited outside the Hospital Home to cheer the guys on.

Patricia said, “I felt so proud of him! I’d not seen him run before; it was a wonderful feeling. I don’t think he expected to see me, but when he did, he came over and gave a kiss.”

QAHH Fundraising Officer, Samantha Stokes, said, “On behalf of everyone at QAHH, I would like to thank Andy, Liam and Steve for running the half marathon for us, and for raising such a fantastic amount of money for our residents. We are so grateful.”

Liam and Steve after completing the Worthing Half Marathon 2017

Liam and Steve after completing the Worthing Half Marathon 2017

Andy approaches the finish line

Fashion Show funds care for disabled veterans

February 9, 2017qahhNews

Fashion show poster v10The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), on Boundary Road, Worthing, is organising a fabulous fashion show in April, to raise vital funds for their care and rehabilitation of disabled veterans.

The fashion show, on the evening of Thursday 6 April, will feature a range of fashions for all occasions and will start with fabulously glamorous evening and special occasion wear, courtesy of local dress boutique, Velvet Birdcage.  There will also be outfits for work, leisure and day wear, including new, as-new, designer and vintage clothing, much of which has been kindly donated by QAHH supporters and will be for sale on the night, immediately after the Fashion Show, at sale prices.

Students from Davison High School will be modelling the clothes on the catwalk, along with some staff members from QAHH.  The models’ hair will be styled by Richard John hair and beauty salon. At the event, there will also be stalls selling a range of accessories, jewellery and make-up.

Event organiser, Helen Bennett, explains: “Thanks to all who have made this event possible, enabling us to raise much needed funds for our residents. The money raised by the fashion show will fund the 24-hour nursing, rehabilitation, respite and end of life care we provide. It will be a really fun evening, so if you fancy being ‘en vogue’, come and join us!’

Tickets for the fashion show cost between £5 and £10 and include a drink and goody bag.

For more information, or to buy tickets, please contact Helen in the QAHH Fundraising Team on 01903 218444 or email helen-bennett@qahh.org.uk

Get fit and lean in 2017 for disabled veterans

January 17, 2017qahhNews
Worthing 10k

Worthing 10k

Worthing-based charity, The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), is calling on local people to join their Worthing 10k running team, and help raise vital funds for disabled ex-Servicemen and women.

The Worthing 10k is one of the largest and friendliest running events in the south east, welcoming runners of all abilities to the flat seafront course on Sunday 4 June.

QAHH has a number of charity places for this year’s race, and has already begun recruiting members for ‘Team QAHH’, who will be running to raise money for the disabled veterans who live at the Hospital Home.

Samantha Stokes, Community & Events Fundraising Officer for QAHH, said: “Running for The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home is a rewarding experience and the QAHH team will support you all the way.

“The Worthing 10k is a great event for those who want to start running but need something to aim for. Running for a cause such as QAHH will really help motivate you throughout your training and on the day itself.

“We only have a limited number of places though, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis; and now is the ideal time to start training, so make sure you contact us ASAP to secure your place.”

Since 1919, QAHH has provided the highest possible standard of care and rehabilitation to disabled ex-Servicemen and women. Residents’ needs are complex and many have multiple disabilities; some have neurological disorders’ such as Parkinson’s or Acquired Brain Injury, while others are paralysed or do not have use of their limbs. The Hospital Home provides services such as nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy in order to help rehabilitate those that live there, with the hope that they can live more independent lives.

QAHH receives no government funding and this year must raise £1.3 million to deliver the high-quality facilities that our country’s veterans need and deserve.

Registration via QAHH is just £20, and the charity asks that you try to raise £100 in sponsorship.

Samantha added: “We will help all our runners by providing fundraising hints and tips, training advice as well as assistance in setting up online fundraising pages if needed. Our runners will also receive a free QAHH running vest, plus our dedicated cheerers will be around the course to spur you on and cheer you across the finishing line.”

If you’d like to run the 2017 Worthing 10k for The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, or take part in any other running events throughout the country, please contact Samantha Stokes in the QAHH Fundraising office on 01903 218444 email samantha-stokes@qahh.org.uk

Seafarers UK donates £19,000 to disabled Naval Veterans at QAHH

January 10, 2017qahhNews
Seafarers UK

Seafarers UK

A charity that helps people in the maritime community has donated £19,000 to The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) in Worthing, which provides care and rehabilitation to ex-Servicemen and women.

Seafarers UK has donated the money towards physiotherapy for the former seafaring residents who live at QAHH. This donation will help these veterans to increase their mobility and independence throughout 2017.

QAHH is now in its 98th year of operation, and the veterans it looks after have increasingly complex disabilities and conditions. QAHH specialises in the rehabilitation of individuals after a life-changing injury or stroke. Whether their disability or condition is physical or neurological, all the residents suffer physical symptoms that could be improved with physiotherapy, and this department is the busiest within QAHH.

QAHH Trust, Foundation and Legacy Officer, Clare Smith, said: “We are extremely grateful to Seafarers UK for their continued and generous support of The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home. This grant will help us to provide physiotherapy in 2017, helping disabled veterans to stay as active and mobile as possible, which is so vital for maximising quality of life.”

Naval charity donates £20,000 to disabled Veterans at QAHH

January 3, 2017qahhNews

PrintThe Worthing-based Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) has been awarded a grant of £20,000 from The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Greenwich Hospital.

The grant is towards the costs of delivering a tailored rehabilitation programme to disabled Royal Navy and Royal Marines Veterans and their dependants. The rehab services included in the grant are: Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social and Recreational activities, Neuropsychologist, Chaplaincy and Mini-Ambulance service.

This grant will help QAHH residents like Michael, a former Royal Navy psychiatrist. Michael came to live at QAHH in April 2010, as he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His illness was making him weak and he was unable to walk as well as he used to.

Michael explains: “The physiotherapy sessions are very helpful. I am toning up the muscles in my arms and legs, and try to walk when I can. The therapists are very encouraging, and they measure any improvement. I enjoy it.”

He also likes to go on some of the day trips, which are arranged by the Social and Recreation department.

“If it weren’t for QAHH, I wouldn’t get the regular physio sessions that I need, or be able to go on day trips out. The staff here are wonderful; they take good care of me.”

Read more about The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

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Carol Concert raises over £3,000 for QAHH

December 21, 2016qahhNews
Carol concert at Lancing College Chapel

Carol concert at Lancing College Chapel

Now in its 11th year, our annual Carol Concert at Lancing College Chapel took place on Sunday 18 December.

The event surpassed last year’s total – we reached a grand total of £3,641, so thank you to everyone who bought tickets and helped us reach this fantastic amount.

Bag-packing soldiers raise over £1,600 for disabled veterans

December 9, 2016qahhNews
Soldiers from 12 Regiment Royal Artillery with Liz Jones from Tesco, Havant and Helen Bennett from QAHH

Soldiers from 12 Regiment Royal Artillery with Liz Jones from Tesco, Havant and Helen Bennett from QAHH

On Monday 5 December, 16 soldiers from the 12 Regiment Royal Artillery at Thorney Island took on bag packing roles for the day in Tesco, Havant to raise money for The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH).

The Worthing-based charity has provided care and rehabilitation services, such as 24-hour nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, to disabled ex-Servicemen and women since 1919.

The Royal Artillery soldiers, who are long-term supporters of the charity, go to QAHH regularly to visit the veterans who live at the Hospital Home.

Staff Sgt Vance Walker, who devised this initiative, said, “We see first-hand the excellent facilities at The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home and the amazing care that the dedicated staff provide to our veterans, many of whom have brain or spinal injuries. We took on a sponsored static-bike ride in this Tesco store earlier in the year, which proved to be a great success; so we thought we’d try something a bit different this time.”

SSgt Vance Walker packs for a Tesco customer

SSgt Vance Walker packs for a Tesco customer

Samantha Stokes, QAHH Events and Community Fundraising Officer, said, “What the soldiers are doing to support our veterans is fantastic and we really appreciate their kind support. QAHH receives no Government funding and this year we have to raise over £1.3 million. We are so grateful that serving soldiers are helping our veterans, who have given so much for our country and now need our help. We are also very grateful to Tesco, Havant and their customers, who donated so generously to help us raise these vital funds.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Bazaar raises over £4,000 for disabled veterans

December 7, 2016qahhNews

img_0346The Worthing-based Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) held its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 3 December, and raised over £4,000.

More than 400 visitors browsed the various craft stalls at the Christmas market, as they enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies, while listening to carols sung by the Mid Sussex Choir. Children won lots of prizes on the kids’ tombola, and visited Santa in his grotto. Real Christmas trees and wreaths were also available to buy on the day!

QAHH Head of Fundraising and Marketing, Elizabeth Baxter, said: “Our heartfelt thanks go to all who supported our Christmas Bazaar and helped us raise these vital funds for The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home and our residents. Thanks to all who came along and joined in the fun of the event; to our hard-working volunteers who helped on the day; to the stall holders and cake bakers; and to Santa and the Mid Sussex Choir who made this an especially enjoyable and seasonal event. The money raised will go to fund care and therapies for our residents, for example vital physiotherapy to help keep them as mobile and independent as possible. This incredible amount of money will be very well spent on the residents in our care this festive season, and we send our gratitude to all who made his possible.”

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Worthing charity for disabled veterans receives grant of £20,000

November 29, 2016qahhNews

PrintA local hospital home for disabled ex-Servicemen and women has been awarded a grant by the RAF Benevolent Fund. The Worthing-based Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) was awarded £20,000 this month towards its core nursing and rehabilitation services for residents who are ex-RAF.

QAHH resident, Larry, was a Senior Aircraftman in the RAF during the late 1960s. In 2007 he suffered a very serious brain injury following a fall down a flight of stairs, and was left in a critical condition – ventilated and intubated in intensive care. After a spell in King’s College London Hospital, he was transferred to QAHH in 2008.

As a result of his Acquired Brain Injury, Larry is unable to walk and is very dependent on the nursing and care staff at QAHH. The multi-disciplinary care, which he has received since his admission, has been tailored over the years to give him the very best quality of life possible. His mobility and independence have been greatly improved with the help of QAHH’s Wheelchair Technicians and on-site wheelchair clinic.

QAHH Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Officer, Clare Smith, said, “We are so grateful to the RAF Benevolent Fund for this generous grant. The money received means that we are one step closer to providing our first-rate nursing and care services for another year to the RAF veterans who live at QAHH.”

QAHH Physiotherapist to shave beard for the charity

November 24, 2016qahhNews
Carlos shows off his beard

Carlos shows off his beard

One of The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home’s very own physiotherapists, Carlos Castro, has vowed to shave off his beard in order to raise money for the charity.

Carlos has had his full beard for five years, and will be shaving it off at QAHH’s Christmas Party for residents on Friday 23 December. He’s kept the beard tidy during this time, but never shaved it.

Carlos said, “It started as a joke when someone suggested I shave my beard for charity. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to do it. It will mean a lot to me; I don’t remember what my face looks like without my beard!”

Since 1919, QAHH has provided care and rehabilitation to disabled ex-Service people of all ages. The charity must raise £1.3 million each year in order to deliver the services it provides, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and 24-hour nursing care.

“Every day I see our amazing residents take on their challenges with bravery and determination, and so I decided to take on a challenge of my own to raise money for them. It’s the least I can do to make a contribution to our residents here at QAHH,” Carlos explains.

If you would like to support and encourage Carlos in his challenge, you can sponsor him online at JustGiving.

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