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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.”

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:  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/BrianPate80-SponsoredSkydive 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!”

Make a difference by walking the distance

April 10, 2017qahhNews
Just Walk

Just Walk

The Worthing-based Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), which provides care and rehabilitation to disabled ex-Servicemen and women, is looking for participants to take part in a sponsored walking event in May.

Just Walk, on Saturday 13 May, is a unique challenge event at Goodwood Racecourse, where you can raise money for QAHH and take on a personal challenge at the same time. You can choose to walk either 10km, 20km, 30km, 40km or the big 60km! Pick the one that suits you best!

Walk to keep fit, or in memory of a loved one, across the beautiful South Downs and West Sussex countryside, starting and finishing at Goodwood Racecourse.

Entry is from £20, depending on the walking distance you choose. For more details, contact Sam in the QAHH fundraising team on 01903 218444 or email Samantha-stokes@qahh.org.uk

Or sign up here.

Auction night raises money for two local charities

April 6, 2017qahhNews
Representatives from QAHH and WCHP receive cheque from Chippingdale Cricket Club

Representatives from QAHH and WCHP receive cheque from Chippingdale Cricket Club

Last week, two Worthing-based charities received a cheque of £1,180 at a presentation held at The Mahaan restaurant.

Chippingdale Cricket Club hosted an auction event at The Mahaan to raise funds for The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) and Worthing Churches Homeless Project (WCHP). Auction prizes were kindly donated by local businesses and groups, and the money raised on the night will be split between the two charities.

The Mayor of Worthing, Councillor Sean McDonald also attended the cheque presentation.

Clare Smith from QAHH said: “We are extremely grateful to Paul Wood and all at Chippingdale Cricket Club for their continued support. The auction night was fantastic fun, and we are delighted that so much money has been raised for the disabled veterans at The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home.”

Rachel Blair from WCHP added: “It’s fantastic to see a local Cricket Club looking outward at their community to see how they can support people in need. WCHP have been blessed with support from Paul Wood and the team at Chipps for a few years now which we are really grateful for. The money raised will go towards helping to keep our vital services running and reaching some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”

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

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