Fisher House - 'a home away from home'
When an individual suffers a life-changing injury or illness, we know that their loved ones want to be by their side. They do not need the added stresses of where to stay or how they will fund accommodation, they need support and reassurance.
That is why Help for Heroes have granted £2m to support a ‘home away from home’ for wounded patients and their loved ones at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB).
A 'home away from home'
The Fisher House facility is entirely purpose built, just a short walk away from the hospital and includes 18 large family rooms all with en-suite facilities. Catering for people of all abilities, the home will be a largely open plan property with wide connecting corridors and wheelchair accessible lifts.
In addition to the private family rooms, guests will have the opportunity to make full use of the communal living facilities including a family room and play area, lounge, kitchen, dining areas and laundry room. Outside will be a private garden with space for children to play in and guest parking.
The project is a proud partnership between Help for Heroes, the Fisher House Foundation and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) Charity.
Help for Heroes have provided a grant of £1.5m to support construction costs of the house, in addition to £500k for running costs, which equates to £50k a year for 10 years.
US Charity the Fisher House Foundation have committed £1.3m to the project, with the remaining £1.4m to be funded by the QEHB Charity. SSAFA as a service delivery charity will provide day to day services.
Construction of the Fisher House began in April 2012, with completion anticipated in summer of 2013.