Work has started on building a house which will allow families of injured soldiers from our region to stay near their loved ones as they recover at Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham. In the United States, the Fisher House Charity has built 58 homes near hospitals where families can stay for free while their relatives are being treated for sometimes traumatic injuries. The new house in the UK is being built near the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Nick Gibbons from Sheffield was treated in Birmingham after he lost a leg in an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan in 2008.
The house is being built using money donated from Help the Heroes and the Fisher House Charity. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital donated the land. It will help the families of soldiers who need treatment long after they were injured.