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About QEF

We deliver expert services that enable disabled people to achieve their potential and live with greater independence
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Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) is a disability charity based in Surrey, with national reach. We have more than 85 years’ experience of developing innovative services which support almost 10,000 disabled people a year to achieve their potential and increase their independence.

We work with children and adults with physical and learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries. We offer a wide range of expert services; whether it’s providing expert neuro rehabilitation to rebuild a life affected by brain injury, providing assistive equipment and specialist advice to increase independent mobility, or acquiring the skills to drive a specially adapted car. QEF enables disabled people to maximise their independence and achieve their potential. 

As a charity we rely on the goodwill of our supporters to raise funds or give their time to assist us. We are very grateful to everyone that supports our work in this way.

What makes QEF different?

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Expert Teams

Practical support, therapy and care for disabled children and adults
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Charity Status

Our services are not run for profit, which enables us to put quality of care front and centre
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Putting our clients first and building tailored plans to suit their specific needs
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Holistic Approach

Our residential services are complimented with other activities including hobby development, arts and music

Our Team


Karen Deacon

Chief Executive

Gary Thomas

Director of Commercial

Collette Hearn

Director of Finance

Wendy Doyle

Director of Transformation and Change
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Anne Rouse

Executive Assistant
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Liz George

Director of Income Generation

Our Heritage

Queen Mums visit to QEF in 1992
Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People was founded in 1934 by Dame Georgiana Buller and Stanley Evans, and we’ve been assisting disabled people ever since.

Diversity and Equality

We are committed to improving diversity and equality across QEF. You can read our reports below.
Diversity and Equality Report 2022
Diversity and Equality Report 2021
Diversity and Equality Report 2020
Diversity and Equality Report 2019

Gender Pay Gap

We are committed to improving the gender pay gap across QEF. You can read our reports below.