A charity which supports military patients and their families are raising money for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by hosting a ‘swim the distance’ event to help servicemen and women in recovery.
The challenge is in aid of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and will take place at Southam Leisure Centre on Sunday, November 17. The sponsored event will see participants swim as many lengths as possible between the hours of 1pm and 5pm.
Fisher House, which opened its doors in 2013, provides a ‘home away from home’ for men and women in the armed forces while they receive treatment at the hospital, based in Birmingham.
The charity has housed more than 4,000 people in its 18-bedroom home, which includes a communal living room, cinema room, playroom, a private garden and leisure facilities next door.
Head of the Scuba Action Dive Group, Ray Kirton, said:
“Fisher House is funded completely by charitable donations, so we’re looking for people who want to take part in our swim challenge or asking people to donate to this great cause.
“The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) is the receiving hospital for all the UK’s military patients when they are injured anywhere around the world. When families get the news, they want to be in Birmingham as soon as possible, with little thought of where they will stay.
“Fisher House is within walking distance of the hospital and provides a safe place for these families and patients to adjust and recover during this difficult time.”
David Watson, war veteran and ambassador for Fisher House, lost his right arm and both legs in Afghanistan in 2010 and underwent major surgery at QEHB.
He has since been an advocate for the charity and its work. His love of sport helped him through recovery and he went on to win a Gold and two Silver medals in rowing, shot putt and discus at this year’s Invictus Games in Australia.
Several charities and organisations support Fisher House through generous donations, such as Help for Heroes, Royal Marines Association, Veterans’ Foundation and the Army’s National Charity.
To take part in the event, enquire about sponsorship forms or where to donate, call Ray Kirton on 0796 942 3585 or contact staff at Southam Leisure Centre on 01926 817 788.
To find out more about the amazing work at Fisher House, visit www.hospitalcharity.org/fisherhouseuk