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:


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:

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:


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.”

QAHH appoints new Chief Executive

May 4, 2017qahhNews
Andrew Neaves

Andrew Neaves

The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) in Worthing, West Sussex, is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Neaves as Chief Executive from 19 July 2017.

Andrew brings a wealth of leadership experience having served a full career in the military. His last post was as the Assistant Director of Defence Rehabilitation at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court. This role involved the strategic planning for the delivery of rehabilitation across the United Kingdom, overseas bases, and for both military and humanitarian operations.

He has most recently been working with the Football Association as the sole physiotherapist to the England Men’s Under 19 football squad.

Andrew joins QAHH at an exciting time in the charity’s long history as it is currently undertaking a building project to create more rooms to be able to care for more veterans.  He will also oversee the charity’s special events and initiatives in 2019 as QAHH celebrates 100 years of caring for physically disabled ex-Servicemen and women and their families.

QAHH Chairman, James Fanshawe CBE said: “I am very pleased to confirm the appointment of Andrew Neaves as the Chief Executive of QAHH who joins after a distinguished career in the Defence Medical Services. I am confident that he will soon make his mark at a very exciting time for the Charity.”

Andrew succeeds John Paxman who retires in July and states, “I am delighted to be joining QAHH at such a significant period as it approaches its proud centenary. I hope my experience with defence rehabilitation will allow me to build on John’s exceptional work along with that of all the team who do such an outstanding job”.

Everyone at QAHH would like to thank John for his significant contribution over the past 17 years and wish him every happiness in his retirement.

Man to sky dive for QAHH to celebrate 80th birthday

May 2, 2017qahhNews

4aa9c909-6a27-48e5-8a9e-1440f1b2348bDaredevil, Brian Pate, from Hassocks, is about to celebrate his 80th birthday by completing a tandem sky dive on Thursday 4 May, in aid of The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) in Worthing.

Brian is no stranger to sky diving, being President of Surrey and Sussex Parachute Regiment Association. He explains, “I took part in a tandem jump for QAHH two years ago. When I decided to celebrate my 80th birthday with another jump, I wanted to support QAHH again as it is a very worthy cause; and if I’m lucky, I intend to celebrate my 90th in a similar manner!”

QAHH is a hospital home which cares for physically disabled ex-Servicemen and women, and members of their family.

“I have a long connection with The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home and their veterans; at the age of 17 I boxed in a show that was put on for the residents!” explains Brian.

QAHH Fundraising Officer, Samantha Stokes, said: “We are so grateful to Brian for taking on this sky dive for us – he is so brave! All of us here at QAHH want to wish him the best of luck for his jump, and also a very happy 80th birthday!”

You can show Brian your support and encouragement by sponsoring him on his Just Giving page: or by calling QAHH on 01903 218444.


Local charity launches life-saving appeal

April 24, 2017qahhNews
Cough Assist Machine

Cough Assist Machine

Worthing-based military charity, The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), has launched an appeal to try and raise enough money to purchase a life-saving piece of equipment.

A Cough Assist Machine might not sound like much, but it saves lives, and is a vital piece of equipment for those who have a weak or ineffective cough due to a neuromuscular disease or cervical spinal cord injury.

QAHH Matron and Director of Nursing, Valerie Walker, explains: “A gentleman wished to apply to us recently, who, due to a progressive neurological condition, had a very weak chest and could not cough naturally. He would have needed a Cough Assist Machine to enable him to expand his lungs and breathe normally. As we did not have this equipment at QAHH, he could not be admitted and had to remain in hospital. Needless to say, this was a very sad day for us, as we would have loved to have welcomed this gentleman into the QAHH family.”

People with progressive neurological conditions, for example Multiple Sclerosis and motor neurone disease, often require the assistance of this machine in the later stages of their illness. If someone does need the assistance of a machine like this, they can wait many weeks on the NHS. If QAHH had one of these machines, some residents could benefit immediately, by being moved from a clinical setting to a home setting that can provide full nursing care and equipment to support them.

Mrs Walker continues: “We would like to purchase a Cough Assist Machine, not only so that we do not have to turn anyone else away, but also because such a machine may be able to help some of our current residents in the future.”

The benefits of a Cough Assist Machine include: enabling patients to cough, allowing them to keep airways clear and aid breathing; reduces the occurrence of respiratory infections; provides a safe, more comfortable and a non-invasive procedure, reducing the need for frequent suctioning; prevents A&E admissions; and improves quality of life and can save lives.

Cough Assist Machine in use

Cough Assist Machine in use

To purchase this equipment, train staff to use it and maintain/service, it will cost £6,060 in total. QAHH is therefore appealing to you to ask if you would be able to contribute to the purchase of this vital piece of equipment. Since launching the appeal last week, the charity has already raised an incredible £1,406!

As a ‘thank you’ to those who help make this possible, QAHH will produce a roll of honour of all those who have donated, which will be displayed on the charity’s website and at QAHH for all residents, staff and visitors to see.

If you can help, with whatever size donation, please visit Just Giving or call 01903 218444.

Fashion show raises over £1,800 for QAHH

April 11, 2017qahhNews
QAHH Nurse, Margaret, takes to the catwalk

QAHH Nurse, Margaret, takes to the catwalk

Last week, The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) brought some glitz and glamour to Worthing, as it held a fabulous fashion show and raised over £1,800 towards the care and rehabilitation of disabled veterans.

The show featured a range of fashions for all occasions. Girls from Davison High School and some QAHH staff began by modelling fabulously glamorous evening and special-occasion wear, courtesy of local dress boutique, Velvet Birdcage. There were also outfits for work, leisure and day wear, including new, as-new, designer and vintage clothing, much of which was kindly donated by QAHH supporters.

The models’ hair was styled by Richard John hair and beauty salon, and make-up was provided by Allure Hair and Beauty at Northbrook College.

On the night, there were also stalls selling a range of accessories, jewellery and make-up.

Event organiser, Helen Bennett, said: “Thank you 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 was a truly fantastic evening, and all our models looked so professional!”

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