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Myself and Andrew Hall, Partner at Hall’s Garden Supplies / www.GardenSite.co.uk today had the pleasure of visiting Fisher House at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to donate and install outdoor Christmas Lights on their real Christmas Tree.
The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine is based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and it is the primary receiving treatment hospital for all injured British military personnel. This allows NHS and military clinical staff to share skills, experience and training to deliver the best care possible to operational casualties as well as non-operational casualties including routine military referrals.
Fisher House is a purpose built home away from home for their families to stay whilst their loved ones are being treated at the hospital. it is a charity which we are very happy and proud to support.
We were contacted by a representative of the charity who informed us that they had been donated a large real Christmas tree and were currently looking for a donation of some outdoor Christmas lights to go onto this tree to illuminate it at night. We were very happy to help, and donated 50 metres of low voltage LED Christmas Lights which are very safe, we delivered and installed the lights on the tree for them today.
The guys at Fisher House were very accommodating and invited us inside for a tour to tell us all about the house and what they do there to help injured personnel through their recovery.
Officially opened on 21st June 2013 by HRH The Prince of Wales, the house has 18 bedrooms and offers families a supportive environment just a short walk from their loved ones undergoing treatment at the hospital. All of the 18 bedrooms comes with an en-suite, king-sized beds, fitted wardrobes, a desk, chair and sofa bed. The entire site is extremely wheelchair friendly, including the bedrooms and en-suites, allowing for easy access.
We were lucky enough to be shown around the house to see the facilities which are on offer for the patients and their families. In addition to the spacious en-suite bedrooms there is a family room, play area, lounges, dining areas and a laundry room. The kitchen is fully stocked with essentials and there’s also a private outdoor area with a children’s play area. There is also ample parking for guests.
The great thing about Fisher House is that it provides patients time to spend with their families away from wards, and allows families to spend time with loved ones who are being treated without the expense of hotels and frequent travel back and forth.
Right next door to Fisher House is the hospital’s own sports and leisure facility, The Morris Centre and this offers a 22 metre swimming pool, two squash courts, multi-use games area and a gym which can be used by patients.
It’s completely free for patients and their families to stay at Fisher House, regardless of the length of their stay. The cost to run Fisher House is £250,000 per year so any help is greatly appreciated by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity who run the house. To find out how you can help please visit https://www.fisherhouseuk.org/
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