Edgbaston announces new charitable partnership with Fisher House
Edgbaston Stadium has confirmed a new three-year partnership with Fisher House – a ‘home away from home’ for the families of military patients – to be one of its Official Charity Partners.
Based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Fisher House provides free accommodation to the families of military patients being cared for at the hospital and builds on Edgbaston’s longstanding partnership with the Armed Forces.
As part of the new agreement, Fisher House has renamed one of its en-suite family rooms as the Edgbaston Room, which the stadium hopes to fund through its activities each year, including its Warwickshire Legends v UK Armed Forces XI fixture on the Club’s Open Day on Saturday 17th May, a sponsored parachute jump and other initiatives.
Gareth Roberts, Commercial Director of Edgbaston, said: “We’ve accommodated many members of the armed forces on match days in the past and expanded the relationship last summer by staging the inaugural Warwickshire Legends v UK Armed Forces match.
“From 2014 and beyond, the Legends v UK Armed Forces match will become a regular fixture, whilst we also have a staff parachute jump and other activities, which we hope will provide enough funding for the annual cost of running the Edgbaston Room at Fisher House for the families of injured forces personnel.”
Fisher House has 18 large family en-suite bedrooms, including the Edgbaston Room, 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.
Mike Hammond, Chief Executive of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity which operates Fisher House, said: “We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Edgbaston and grateful to the club and its fans for their support.
“Fisher House is funded completely by charitable donations and so working with Edgbaston for the next three years is a great boost to us as well as the families of wounded troops.
“Families tell us that when they hear their loved one is in hospital their only thought is to get to Birmingham as quickly as possible. They don’t think about where they will stay when they get here. Accommodation at Fisher House is free to families but it costs QEHB Charity £25 per night for a family to stay there. Please support our joint fundraising activities and in doing so give military families miles from home one less thing to worry about.”