HELPING THE MILITARY ON THE ROAD TO GOOD HEALTH
M6toll is helping military patients and their families experience a home away from home as part of its annual ‘drive for charity’. It has sponsored a family room at Fisher House, on-site at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where service people can stay during a period of treatment.
The Weeford Room is being funded for a year by the M6toll which has also contributed to the room’s interior décor with the artwork for the walls. To mark its contribution, a plaque for the Weeford Room was unveiled today (27 July).
Fisher House was built in 2013 by The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and the US charity, Fisher House Foundation, and provides a supportive environment where residents can relax and spend time with their loved ones away from the wards.
It enables families to take great comfort and strength from sharing their experiences with others in the same situation, through communal living areas including lounge, play area, dining areas, laundry room, kitchen and cinema room.
There are 18 spacious en-suite bedrooms which are designed for people of all abilities, including wheelchair users.
Outside, there is a private garden and those staying at the house also benefit from the use of the Morris Centre, a nearby leisure facility which offers a swimming pool, squash courts, a games area and gym.
James Hodson, Operations Director for the M6toll said: “Fisher House is an amazing facility that helps more than 400 serving military personnel who undergo treatment from the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at the QE every year. We are honoured to help support its delivery and ultimately help those servicemen and women who give so much in the service of their country.”
Dave Watson, Patient Advocate at QEHB Charity and ex-Fisher House resident, said: “Fisher House provides invaluable support for injured and ill soldiers and their families, something I have first-hand experience of, and relies completely on charitable donations to keep going. This incredibly generous donation from M6toll will pay for a room in the house for a whole year. I want to thank M6toll on behalf of Fisher House and QEHB Charity for helping to make a real difference to military families.”
Dave Watson (centre) is pictured with the donated canvases with Maxine Estevez and James Hodson