Prince Charles has officially opened Fisher House UK, a ‘home-away-from-home’ for the families of our military casualties.
Fisher House provides free accommodation for families, in an understanding and supportive environment, while their loved ones undergo treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
The 18-bedroom house offers families a peaceful environment that has been designed specifically to allow them to share experiences and support each other through the days and weeks ahead.
During a tour of the facility, the Prince of Wales spent time talking with the wounded and their families, asking what Fisher House means to them. One of the first residents to stay at the house said:
“Following an accident our son had two weeks ago in Afghanistan he was flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and we needed to be with him. On arrival in Birmingham we were accommodated in the wonderful new Fisher House. This facility gave us the chance to relax in a very comfortable and supportive environment, which greatly help us to feel safe secure during the trauma and worry we felt at this very difficult time. During our stay it was ever so good to be able to support and be supported by other forces families going through similar anxieties.”
Fisher House will also offer accommodation to the families of those returning for on-going medical treatment at the hospital. For families of recently injured personnel, meeting and speaking with the wounded and their families who are at a later stage in the recovery process can be extremely beneficial.
Bryn Parry, CEO and Co-Founder of Help for Heroes, said: “Families have a hugely important part to play in the recovery process and we recognise how essential it is that they become involved from an early stage. It is important to remember that while the withdrawal from Afghanistan draws closer, the end of medical treatment for those who have suffered life-changing injuries does not and while we celebrate the official opening today, we recognise that this facility needs support for the long term.”
This facility has been delivered through a unique partnership between Help for Heroes, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and US charity, Fisher House Foundation. This is first time in history that UK and US charities have joined together to support our wounded.
Kenneth Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation, said: “For more than two decades, the Fisher House program has served American military families in their time of greatest need. We’re proud to now help bring this same model of compassion and caring to Britain, whose military families make the same sacrifices, bear the same burdens and need the same support as American military families. We pray this house will help alleviate the burdens that Britain's military families face. May it always serve as a tangible symbol of our support and appreciation for their selfless service.”
For more information, visit our Fisher House page.
To support our wounded and their families, make a donation to Help for Heroes here.