QEF Lulworth Court

A day at the seafront at Westcliff with visitors from Lulworth Court, 1974.

A day at the seafront at Westcliff with visitors from Lulworth Court, 1974.

Lulworth Court was founded by NAP (National Associated for the Paralysed in 1959 as a holiday home for the ‘severely paralysed’. The holiday home provided respite for both the person with the disability and their carer, and for many would be their only holiday that year. Due to NAP dissolving only two years later, QEF took over the service in 1962.

The service was incredibly popular with people with disabilities; from 1991 – 1992 the service accommodated 499 people, helped by £14,000 Penny-A-Week donations. In 1997 the South Essex Health Authority announced that it was considering ending its contract with the Foundation as part of a review of its budget commitments. This would have resulted in a loss of £100,000 a year in income for the charity, and a weekly deficit of £4,000. Despite a local campaign to save the Centre in December 1997, QEF was forced to close Lulworth Court in November 1999.

QEF still offers wheelchair accessible holidays to people with disabilities, working with VASD which is a member of the QEF Family of Charities.  We have accessible holiday homes in Sussex and an adapted canal boat on the Grand Union Canal, http://www.vasd.org.uk/holidays/.

Text and images courtesy of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People.

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