About us

VASD is based in Leatherhead, Surrey.

  • Sells equipment and products for disabled people
  • Hires out equipment on a temporary basis
  • Provides self-catering holidays for disabled people

The Association provides a high quality service to physically disabled people in Surrey, their families, professionals and others.

VASD is a member of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) family of charities.

The history of QEF (For VASD history click here)

It all began in 1932, when Dame Georgiana Buller, then Chairman of the Central Council for the Care of Cripples, suggested a need for a residential training college for disabled people.  In 1933, as Patron of the Central Council, the late Queen Mother, then HRH The Duchess of York, expressed her support for the proposal in order that disabled people might be retrained and find suitable employment in either commerce or industry through the work of this specialised disability charity. Dame Georgina Buller also set up St Loyes Foundation in Exeter.

When the College opened in November 1934, it was called the ‘Cripples’ Training College’ and remained so until 1941 when, after an informal visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (the late Queen Mother), she expressed the wish that it should bear her name – Queen Elizabeth’s Training College for the Disabled. Providing employment training for disabled people was the early focus of the college.

The future success of the College rested firmly on the shoulders Dame Georgiana and 3 of the 33 Governors: Major General Sir Cecil Pereira, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Sister Teresa Fraser from St Vincent’s Orthopedic Hospital and Stanley Evans, a young Orthopaedic Surgeon, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the House Committee, who had worked alongside Dame Georgiana to raise the initial £15k to build the College and played a leading role for the next 40 years as Chairman.

As more services were opened, the charity became Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People.  In 1934, this disability charity supported 16 individuals, today it serves more than a thousand disabled people each year.


Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People enables and supports disabled people to increase independence and improve life skills.


Disabled people should have the same opportunities as everyone else.

Contact us

Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People
Leatherhead Court
Woodlands Road
KT22 0BN

Tel: 01372 841100
Fax: 01372 844657
Email: info@qef.org.uk

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