Why does the Veterans' Foundation support Fisher House?
Fisher House provides a ‘home away from home’ for families while their loved one is receiving treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
When military patients are being cared for at the word-class facility, Fisher House provides a sanctuary for families who can spend quality time together away from hospital wards.
The 18-bedroom house is just a short walk from the hospital and offers a supportive environment where residents have the space to relax, but can also take comfort and strength from sharing their personal experiences with others in the same situation.
A fundamental reason why communal living is at the heart of Fisher House.
These facilities include a family play area, lounge, cinema room, dining areas, a laundry room, along with a well-stocked kitchen.
The Morris Centre is the hospital's sports and leisure facility, which is right next door to Fisher House.
It boasts a 22-metre swimming pool, squash courts, games area and gym, all of which can be used by residents.
“You see on the news, and you know that it could happen to you, but you never think that it will happen to you. Never,” said Lancashire-born Staff Sergeant Stuart ‘Archie’ Gemmell, who sustained life-changing injuries while serving in Afghanistan in 2013.
“One of the first questions that people ask when they find out about our situation is: ‘Were you well looked after?’
“We were cushioned – that’s what it felt like – someone just put us in a big bubble and just protected us.
“My bad memories stay in the hospital. As great as the hospital and the staff are – that’s the upsetting place for me.
“I don’t associate bad memories of that time with Fisher House, only good.”
How you can support the Veterans' Foundation
The Veterans’ Foundation has provided grants to more than 370 charities and organisations in the past three years. It is dedicated to distributing funding to where it is most effective and to date, £5.5 million has been given to projects that have a positive impact on British veterans, and their dependents, in need.
If you’d like to become of a supporter of the Veterans’ Foundation you can do so by making a donation, by fundraising, by leaving something to Veterans' Foundation in your will or by joining the Veterans’ Lottery. Thank you.