Edgbaston Cooks up a Christmas surprise at Fisher House
Military patients and their families were joined by Bears’ fast bowler Chris Wright and spinner Paul Best recently at a special Christmas lunch held at Fisher House
Edgbaston’s head chef Dave Hill and his catering team served a three course dinner with all the trimmings at the ‘home away from home’ for military patients and their families. The 18 bedroom house is situated just down the road from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, the receiving hospital for all wounded British troops.
Colin Povey, Chief Executive of Edgbaston, said: “We’ve been working with the military based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for several years and this season staged our inaugural fundraising match at Edgbaston between an Armed Forces XI and a team of Warwickshire legends.
“One of the bedrooms at Fisher House is named the ‘Edgbaston room’ and we’re now exploring options to see how we can further develop our partnership in 2014 and raise more funds for this very worthy cause.”
Fisher House opened in June 2013 and offers free accommodation to the families of military patients being cared for at the hospital. It has 18 large family bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities and is purpose-built with disabled access throughout. There are also several communal rooms, including a cinema room and private garden providing a haven for patients to spend time with families, friends and colleagues away from the hospital ward.
Patrick Hogan, manager of Fisher House, said: “We were delighted to welcome Chris and Paul and the brilliant team from Edgbaston to Fisher House.
"Some of our patients and families are a long way from home. To have a delicious, traditional home-cooked Christmas dinner cooked for them has given them a real boost and has been a wonderful festive treat. We are very much looking forward to working with the Edgbaston team in 2014.”
For further information on Fisher House or to donate, please visit www.fisherhouseuk.org or contact 0121 371 4852.