Thursday, 15 September 2016

team Q - in the Brecon Beacons

 Team Q have spent the last few days in the Brecon Beacons, visiting Llangorse and Pen y Fan.  Looks like they had a great time!


climbing at Llangorse - these are quite a bit more impressive than QE2 Activity Centre's own walls! However on our walls Team Q have learned the skills they need to tackle more challenging climbs like this.  


If you would like to take part in activities at QE2 Activity Centre - whether as part of our day service, Indies sessions or Solo sessions just give us a call or email.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

indies timetable October - December 2016

Here you go, the new Indies programme, from October until Christmas.  Not sure what will be happening on Week 7?  What will be inside Kerry's Christmas Cracker? Who knows! You'll have to turn up to find out!

Week 1

October 3rd
Ropes course
Week 2

October 10th
Week 3

October 17th
Week 4

October 24th
Week 5

October 31st
Ropes course
Week 6

November 7th
Stream walk
Week 7
November 14th
Prince of Wales birthday
Week 8
November 21st
Week 9
November 28th
Week 10
December 5th
Week 11
December 12th
Kerry’s Christmas Kracker part 1
Week 12
December 19th
Kerry’s Christmas Kracker part 2

Monday, 1 August 2016

Zurich Challenge

Massive thanks to Legal & Compliance team from Zurich Insurance at Whiteley who took part in the Zurich Challenge at QE2 Activity Centre today!

Sean, Mark, Paddy, Claire, Beth, Stewart, Gemma, Nicky, Gabby, Emily, Sara and Chon did an amazing job transforming an area of our grounds into a picnic area with flowers, herbs, new benches, weird looking ducks and a ribbitting frog! It looks great and will be very popular with all our visitors.

Thanks guys!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Mims Davies MP - Vice Patron of QE2 Activity Centre appeal

Wednesday, 13 July, 2016
Eastleigh MP Mims Davies has become a Vice Patron at the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre in Bursledon.
The centre, near to Manor Park Farm, opened in 1978 and has evolved over the years to provide day services, holidays and activity sessions for people of all ages with additional needs including learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities and sensory impairment.
Mims accepted the honour when she recently visited the centre to meet with staff and committee members to discuss how she can assist in raising the profile of the centre and identifying funding opportunities for their projects.   
QE2 is looking to complete its fund raising project for a wheelchair accessible boat as well as the replacement of the lodges, one of which is currently used as a day care facility. 
It also offers a wide range of activities including archery, which Mims took the opportunity to try, much to the amusement of those day care adults who were enjoying this sport. 
“Becoming vice-patron of such a wonderful local centre that does so much work to help people of all ages and abilities is a real privilege and I thank the committee for inviting me to do so,” said Mims.
“It offers so much variety and new experiences for all of those who attend either on a regular or occasional basis and I am very much looking forward to working with the dedicated staff and volunteers over the coming years.
“It was also a pleasure to meet everyone and enjoy tea and cake with the Green House day care group, and to try my hand at archery - although I won’t be giving up the day job.” 

Monday, 4 July 2016

Indies timetable July - September 2016

Activity 1
Activity 2
4th July


11th July

18th July
25th July

1st August

8th August

15th August
Stream walk
Bring a change of clothes!

22nd August
Clay day

29th August
Bank Holiday
5th September
Zip wire

12th September
19th September
Pirate day

26th September

Thursday, 12 May 2016


As you probably know QE2 Activity Centre is a charity and one of our sources of income is charitable donations, so usually when we think of fundraising we are thinking about raising additional income for QE2 Activity Centre.  But we're not totally blinkered.  We know there are many other charities around doing great work.

QE2 Activity Centre is also a community.  It is made up of individuals who use our services, their families, people who volunteer here, people who work here.  Not to mention many friends around the country who have been involved over the past four decades.

It is an ever changing, ever growing community. Last Summer Kerry, our Senior Instructor, became the proud father of Heidi, a sister to Noah;  in December Nick and Jess had their first child, Theo.  And Caroline and I became grandparents. Our daughter gave birth to Lela at the end of November.

Normally my daughter is late for things but on this occasion she was early, about 15 weeks early.  Little Lela was born at 25 weeks gestation weighing less than 2lbs.  This meant that she spent her first four months in hospital and, without being melodramatic, she only made it through because of the amazing work of the staff at Southampton's Princess Anne Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.

This weekend a group from QE2 Activity Centre took part in Gung Ho! a 5k with added giant inflatable obstacles. Have a look on facebook. They were raising money as they ran, not for the Centre, but to buy equipment for the Princess Anne neonatal ICU.  The target is £3,000 and we're not quite there so there is still time to sponsor.

The team consisted of eight of the guys who are part of the GreenHouse and Team Q day services - Amy, Lenita, Adam, Dan, Nick, Kevin, Thomas and Craig - Centre staff Kerry and me plus former staff member Andy (who organised it) and Beccy Oates. Everyone showed great team spirit, working together and keeping going on the hottest day of the year so far.    

Well done Team QE2.  I, for one, am really proud of you all!

Phil Oates, Centre Manager

Well, we did it.  We reached our £3,000 target.  Thanks to everyone who helped, ran, collected, donated.  Adam and Dan went along to the Princess Anne neonatal unit in Southampton with Lela and her mum and granddad to hand over the cheque.  It was accepted by Lisa, a family care support sister from the Princess Anne, and Lorraine from Ickle Pickles.

Lela is doing fine now, thanks to the amazing support given by the Princess Anne staff in those difficult early days.  We hope that our contribution will help other newborn babies and their families in the future.  Thanks, you guys.

Ickle Pickles Hampshire
Today I met with Phil from the Qe2 Activity Centre who brought along service users Dan and Adam.
The team there took park in the 5k Gung Ho challenge after Phil's granddaughter Lela was cared for at the Princess Anne Neonatal Unit at Southampton.
Lela and mum Abi popped by to help present a cheque to Lisa who is the family care support sister for the unit.
Thank you to all involved for the wonderful donation of £3008.00
This will make a huge difference to the unit.
(Lela also won everyone over with her little cheeky smile and enjoyed cuddles from lots of the team there)

Monday, 18 April 2016

Sponsor team QE2! #Run4Lela


On Saturday May 7th 2016 a team from QE2 Activity Centre will be taking part in Gung Ho!, a seriously fun 5k race taking place on Southampton Common. 
Adam, Lenita, Dan, Nick, Kevin, Craig, Thomas and Amy from the GreenHouse day service together with Centre staff Kerry and Phil plus Andy and Beccy will be raising funds for the neonatal unit at Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton.  Our target is £3,000 for a digital monitor.  You can donate here: DONATE HERE!


When our granddaughter was born 15 weeks early, at only 25 weeks gestation, we feared the worst. At only 1lb 13oz, her lungs were too small and undeveloped and she needed a ventilator to breathe. She went through every respiratory aid Southampton's Princess Anne hospital neonatal unit had. Since coming off the ventilator at Christmas she has had a heart op and eye surgery to counteract the effects of the oxygen on her tiny body.

Our granddaughter is home now, weighing over 10lb and doing brilliantly. Without the neonatal unit at Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton with their dedicated nurses & doctors and all the specialist equipment involved in her stay this would not have happened.

We'd like to help Princess Anne NNU by raising funds for new equipment through the Ickle Pickles charity. Team QE2 are going to run 5k, climb over ridiculous obstacles and try and raise £3,000. Can you help us reach our target?                       

Rachael & Andy Marsh are the Co-Founders of the Ickle Pickle charity which raises funds for essential Neonatal unit equipment for units around the country. The charity was established in April 2009 following the premature birth of their son Charlie at 28 weeks in 2008 to channel funds raised by parents and families directly to the NNU as intended.  

Ickle Pickles registered charity no 1129763