QEF nurse launches crowdfunding appeal to raise critical funds for QEF


olly Turner, a nurse at Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF), has launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise vital funds for the disability charity she

works for, so they can continue to provide care for vulnerable residents with complex disabilities during this exceptionally challenging time. Holly says, "QEF relies on voluntary income to allow people like me, a

neuro rehabilitation nurse, our physios and other therapists to go above and beyond to care for our clients and residents. COVID-19 has already had a significant impact on fundraising activities and without this income QEF face an immediate gap in vital funding to support people that rely on us 24/7 for expert care."

Fundraising income is vital to QEF to support the provision of its expert services for disabled people. The most vulnerable people are those in QEF’s residential services who require 24/7 care and support; either as a result of an acquired brain injury or people living with life-long

complex disabilities, all of whom require daily care and support. Holly continues, “On a normal day, I would spend much of my time working one to one with people who have suffered

an acquired brain injury following a stroke, accident or illness. As the impact of COVID-19 takes its hold, this is having a knock-on effect and it has now become a critical time for QEF. QEF are not fortunate enough to have reserves that they can call upon in circumstances like this, and as a result this is having a very immediate impact on the whole charity.” The charity recognises that this a difficult and challenging time and is asking people to donate to this appeal if they can, or just as valuable is sharing it on social media with as many people as possible. Holly concludes, “We don't know how COVID-19 is going to end up, so I am appealing to you to help keep us going, so we can keep our residents and clients safe and happy during this exceptionally challenging time. Please give £10 if you can, but if you can't afford to donate, sharing it on social media is free and just as valuable to us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

You can support Holly’s appeal at www.gofundme/f/NotAllHeroesWearCapes

Clarion UK helps university support student with dyslexia


larion UK, a nationwide British Sign Language

provider and specialist support agency, has played a vital role in a student’s graduation from university. Samantha Lucas

discovered she has dyslexia during her time at Nottingham Trent University, who referred to Clarion UK for assistance. The team matched her with Amanda Holt, a Specialist Study Skills Tutor, who helped her gain the skills she needed to process information in more effective ways. Study Skills Tutors provide practical academic support in time management, organisation, reading, memory strategies and planning. In doing so, Amanda helped Samantha to achieve great

things in her academic life as well as grow into a more confident individual socially, “When a student receives a diagnosis of dyslexia whilst at university it can be a setback, but also an answer to years of frustration”, said Amanda. “Clarion offer the most incredible service. As a freelancer, I know if ever I have an enquiry or need support, there is always somebody on the end of the phone. It is a pleasure and an honour to work with the Clarion Team.”

12 Specialising in working with

students with complex and challenging disabilities, the Clarion UK team assist students with interview preparation and provide continuous support right through to graduation. Clarion UK created a short

video in collaboration with Samantha, discussing all aspects of her journey with dyslexia and the struggles she has faced throughout life. The documentary focusses on her

diagnosis, specialist techniques that she has learned and insight into what her achievements and success felt like. Samantha commented “I’m a graduate now and I don’t think I would’ve got there without the support I have received.” Samantha’s experience gives a glimpse into the work that

Clarion UK provides in over 100 universities to over 900 students across the country, who have specific learning disabilities, mental health issues and sensory impairments. The team works with a network of professional freelance partners and aims to give students the tools and support they need to reach their full potential in a stress-free learning environment. To see the video go to

stories-samantha/ Ability Needs Magazine

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