Band of Brother member Dave Watson met with Chancellor George Osbourne today at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Dave was critically injured in 2010 after he was caught in an explosion while out on patrol in Helmand province in Afghanistan. He lost both legs and his right arm.
Three years into his rehabilitation Dave is still undergoing medical treatment at the hospital. He met the chancellor alongside his parents, Angela and Kevin who told the Chancellor of the support H4H has been able to provide Dave since his injury. Through the Quick Reaction Fund we have been able to financially support Dave for car adaptations, driving lessons and garden maintenance. We have also been able to offer more holistic support through Battle Back, a gym fanatic pre-injury Dave has loved getting back into sport and adventure training. The family are currently staying in the H4H built SSAFA Norton House, a ‘home away from home’ where loved ones of those being treated at the hospital can stay for as long as they need, at no cost, in a supportive environment.
The Chancellor was visiting the hospital to meet with patients and staff having recently made a generous donation to the hospitals charity from the Libor fund. He has requested that the donation contributes to the Fisher House project at the Hospital, which is funded by Help for Heroes, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and US Charity the Fisher House Foundation.
Fisher House will build on the Norton House concept offering additional capacity for the often fully booked facility. The house will have 18 large family bedrooms, all with ensuite facilities, and disabled access throughout. There will also be communal facilities for military patients to get out of the ward and spend time with families, friends and colleagues in a non-clinical environment. The build is now nearing completion and the team are looking forward to welcoming the first families through the doors in the next few months.
Bryn Parry says; “While the withdrawal from Afghanistan draws closer, the end of medical treatment for those with life-changing injuries does not. Many of our young men and women have 60/70 years of life ahead of them in which they will need continued support from world-class medical facilities such as Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”