Sussex PCC visits local Hospital Home for disabled veterans


Visit to QAHH 1On Wednesday 31 August, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, visited residents at The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH). Mrs Bourne is taking part in a sponsored abseil off Peacehaven cliffs for the Worthing-based charity in September.

Mrs Bourne was welcomed to QAHH by CEO, John Paxman, and Head of Fundraising and Marketing, Elizabeth Baxter.

Mrs Bourne was given a tour of the Hospital Home, where she was able to see some residents making progress in their Physiotherapy session. She was then taken to the Social and Recreation department, where she met and chatted with residents, Liz Sykes, Patrick Kilmartin, and QAHH’s eldest resident, 98-year-old Renee Barclay. They even shared an impromptu sing-along!

Commenting on why she is doing the charity abseil, Mrs Bourne said: “I was honoured to be asked to help raise money for such a wonderful organisation.

“As the wife of a Falklands veteran, and the granddaughter of a First World War soldier of the Royal Sussex Regiment, showing support for all the men and women who serve our country is close to my heart.

“Like many people I am deeply saddened by the life changing injuries that many servicemen and women sustain from the traumas of war.

“I have never abseiled before but I’m looking forward to the challenge. This is a great opportunity to raise money to support the QAHH whilst helping to publicise the tremendous work of this charity.”

Since 1919, QAHH has provided the highest possible standard of care and rehabilitation to our country’s disabled ex-Servicemen and women. QAHH specialises in care for those with brain injuries, neurological conditions, spinal injuries and those who have lost 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 mobile and independent lives.

Elizabeth said, “All at The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home are very grateful for Katy Bourne’s support in taking part in our abseil event. We receive no regular government funding and this year alone we have to raise £1.3 million and can only continue to provide our award winning care to veterans with the kind support of people like Katy, undertaking amazing challenges for our amazing residents. The money raised will be very well spent on the ex-Servicemen and women in our care.”

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