The charity that manages Fisher House, the Birmingham ‘home away from home’ for ill and injured military personnel and their families, has received a £4,000 boost from regional building society the West Brom.
Based on site at the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, which is renowned for its world class care of servicemen and women, Fisher House costs £250,000 a year to run.
It was opened in 2013 and has 18 large family bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities, and disabled access throughout, along with communal facilities so military patients can leave the ward and spend time with loved ones in a non-clinical environment.
Michael Tivey, Fundraising Officer for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity that runs the home, said: “When families of injured servicepeople receive the bad news they just want to get to Birmingham as soon as possible. They don’t want to have to think about where they will stay when they get here.
“Fisher House is here for them. It’s a home away from home that provides a safe space for families to adjust and recover during what is a difficult time.”
The annual running costs for Fisher House are funded entirely through charitable donations, as was the capital cost of building the home.
“The donation from the West Brom is both generous and very welcome,” Michael added.
Nearly 1,500 people have stayed at Fisher House since it opened, including patients and their parents, partners and children.
The West Brom’s donation was made through the Mercian Community Trust, a partnership between the Society and the Diocese of Lichfield to support community groups and charitable causes in the region.
Jim King, Communications Manager for the West Brom, said: “The service that is provided by Fisher House is crucial and makes a wonderful contribution to the community. We’re proud to support the charity and the part the home plays in the rehabilitation of injured military personnel.”