Date 8th April 2019
Public Holiday Closures 2019
We will be closed on the following days:
Friday 19th April
Monday 22nd April
Monday 6th May
Monday 27th May
It is with great sadness that the staff and trustees at QVI announce the untimely death of Cherie McBride, Clinic Manager.
Cherie was a hard working and passionate supporter of the clinic, who in her five years of service transformed and expanded our foot health care services to patients, in addition to overseeing many improvements to the clinic premises.
Cherie’s contribution to QVI is greatly appreciated and she will be sadly missed. Her fiancée, Phil Cane, is one of our chiropodists and our condolences go to Phil and Cherie’s family.
£200 raised from Asda's Green Tokens
Thank you to everyone who shopped at Asda in Lower Earley and voted for QVI in this summer's green token scheme.
We were delighted to receive a cheque for £200 from Natalie Lambden, Asda's Community Life Champion. The money will go towards clinic improvements for the benefit of our patients and staff.
We provide over 5,000 foot health care treatments a year at our central Reading clinic, satellite clinics at the CResCent Centre in Lower Earley, and the Weller Centre in Caversham, and through home visits. Our fundraising this year has enabled us to replace old furniture and equipment in our reception and treatment areas.
From L to R: Urszula Orzel (Foot Health Professional) Natalie Lambden (Asda Community Life Champion) Beryl Prescott (QVI patient) Clair Price (Foot Heath Professional) Jacqueline Kendrick (Deputy Clinic Manager).
Christine Borgars QVI Trustee
Friends and colleagues were sad to hear of the recent death of Christine Borgars.
Christine was a longstanding Trustee and Chair of QVI, having originally been nominated by Reading Borough Council to serve on the QVI Board in 2006. It was a time of financial difficulty for the organisation and she played a key role in reviewing the charity's investments to bring much needed stability and enable QVI to grow.
Christine was an active volunteer with a wide range of organisations, serving her community selflessly and with great energy. Her networking skills and positive approach meant that she was able to find a way of solving many of QVI's problems in the delivery of its services. Typical examples included, bringing in professional financial advice (Holy Brooke Associates): getting good quality furniture for free from Field Seymour Parkes; sourcing advice about pension schemes, and providing direct IT support
Christine was also a patient at the clinic and knew from personal experience the importance of good foot health care in providing comfort and mobility. She was a great advocate of the services we provide. Her contribution to QVI is greatly appreciated and she will be sadly missed.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £2,000 by the Shanly Foundation. The donation will be used to purchase high quality seats with sturdy and safe armrests.
Our elderly clients have been very patient waiting for their appointments seated on outdated benches. The absence of armrests caused them to struggle when attempting to stand or sit. The new healthcare standard seats are made from antimicrobial fabrics and components that respect fire retardancy requirements, ensuring our patients are safe and comfortable. Furthermore, we will be adding curtains to brighten up the treatment areas and a sturdy cupboard for our autoclave steriliser.
Our grateful thanks to the Shanly Foundation, which supports various groups and charities in the UK. Having generously donated over £13 million to thousands of local communities since its inception, the foundation has substantially impacted society and our organisation.
QVI needs your green tokens
Every year the ASDA Foundation donates £1.4 million to over 4000 local organisations through the Green Token Giving programme.
This year QVI has been chosen as one of the 3 contenders that could potentially earn the grand donation of £500. The investment would help refurbish the patient area, facilitating the unaided movement of patients within the premises. Helping the local elderly community is our primary responsibility, which entails providing the best possible environment for the patient.
We need your help to make this a reality. Next time you visit the Lower Earley ASDA store make sure to ask the cashier for the token, which you can then award to us!
QVI has a new look
QVI had all its printed information, leaflets, posters and appointment cards, and its website, re-vamped. We hope you like our new fresh look. QVI trustees and the clinic manager have been working with University of Reading Typography students (through the University’s ‘Real Jobs’ scheme) to re-design its printed and online information.
Cherise, Bryony and Lauren have given our out-dated and tired materials, a modern twist. Their design now properly reflects our professional service and gives our patients and prospective patients clearer information about what we offer. QVI is also very grateful to Reading Lions for a grant of £500 towards the cost of printing.
If you would like printed copies of our leaflets and posters please get in touch with us or download a pdf version here.
Photo caption: UoR Typography students, Bryony Horne, Lauren Quinn and Cherise Brooker who re-designed QVI’s marketing materials