By Tristan Harris Thursday 29 August 2013 Updated: 30/08 12:46
TWO Bromsgrove councillors visited a new care centre for injured soldiers in Birmingham to see how the funds they raised for it while they were civic heads were being spent.
Coun June Griffiths and Coun Caroline Spencer went along to Fisher House at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital which treats military patients, letting them stay close to their families during their stay.
Funds, totalling £12,500, were donated to the cause. It was raised from civic events in the last two years,
Fisher House was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles in June and offers a home from home for families who have journeyed from afar afield as the Falklands, Cyprus and Germany.
Coun Griffiths said thanks to the donations from the people of Bromsgrove, Help for Heroes was able to put £1.5million towards the cost of the £4.2 million Fisher House.
“It is wonderful to see this money being put to such good use.
“Our armed forces do a difficult and often dangerous job on our behalf and they deserve our support,” she added.
Coun Spencer added: “We both chose Help for Heroes as a charity close to our hearts and it’s humbling to see the result of people’s donations here.
“I’d like to thank everyone that contributed at any of our civic events.”
Fisher House has 18 large en-suite bedrooms with common and living areas and even a children’s play area.
Highly trained staff and caring volunteers help provide a warm compassionate environment where families in similar situations find support and encouragement.
Mike Hammond, the chief executive of Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity, said: “It is run by the hospital charity with no Ministry of Defence or NHS funding for the running costs so we are very grateful for the support of the people of Bromsgrove District.”
For more on the Friends of Fisher House scheme, where people can fund a room for the night for a family for a £25 donation, visit www.fisherhouseuk.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 371 4852.
Fisher House is a charitable partnership between the QE, Help for Heroes and US charity The Fisher House Foundation.
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