When an individual suffers a life-changing injury or illness, 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.
To this end, Help for Heroes, in partnership with The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and the US charity, Fisher House Foundation, has delivered Fisher House UK - a ‘home away from home’ for wounded patients and their loved ones at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB).
On Friday 21 June 2013, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales opened Fisher House UK and took time to meet the families who will benefit from the House.
He spoke of his gratitude to all those who have made this possible and sent his warmest wishes to all the families and loved ones of those who have been injured or become ill in the line of duty.
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 is largely open plan with wide connecting corridors and wheelchair accessible lifts.
In addition to the private family rooms, guests 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 there is 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. This is the first time in history that military charities from the US and UK have worked in partnership with each other.
Help for Heroes 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 committed £1.3m to the project, with the remaining £1.4m being funded by the QEHB Charity. SSAFA, as a service delivery charity, will provide day to day services.