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Monday 3 March 2014  

New equipment for Independent Living Services thanks to ExxonMobil

3 March 2014 -- Staff at ExxonMobil’s UK Headquarters in Leatherhead chose QEF as its charity of the year in 2012 with the funds raised having now been used to buy two new Therabikes. These Therabikes allow people in wheelchairs to exercise their arms or legs, are used at Independent Living Services (ILS) to help disabled residents improve their strength, flexibility and fitness as part of their journey towards greater mobility and independence.

ExxonMobil’s fundraising activities included an Olympics themed sports event and barbecue, as well as a month long sponsored competition which involved staff wearing pedometers, in a contest to find the department that took the most steps in a day.

The impressive athletic fundraising didn’t stop there, as Sarah Howell, ExxonMobil’s Communications adviser also ran the Virgin London Marathon in 2013 to attract sponsorship for the Therabikes. Sarah is running again in 2014 for QEF!

Sophie Foale, ExxonMobil’s Community Affairs adviser, who organised the fundraising and was part of the team that visited ILS said: “Supporting local charities is hugely important to everyone at ExxonMobil and participating has been an enjoyable experience for the whole team. Seeing the new Therabikes in use at ILS, and the excellent work that this service does is especially rewarding and it’s a cause that we’re proud to have contributed to.”

John Chamberlain, director of fundraising for QEF commented: “Many disabled children and adults that QEF work with come from the Surrey and South East area. The help received from ExxonMobil is making a practical and real difference for local people at QEF Independent Living Services so we are exceptionally grateful to everyone at the company for their support.”