WCCC hosts third annual Christmas lunch for wounded troops

Kind-hearted chefs from Warwickshire County Cricket Club will whip up a feast of festive treats for wounded troops and their families this Christmas.

The generous club will provide a lavish three course lunch and champagne reception for families, soldiers and veterans who have stayed at the house since it opened in June 2013, as well as representatives from Help for Heroes, Troop Aid, SAFFA and Royal Marine Association.

The Christmas lunch will take place on Monday 14th December at Fisher House, a ‘home away from home’ for military patients and their families, located on site of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), home to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM).

Squadron Leader Andy Shenton, who served as a winch man on Search and Sea King Helicopters and in the Royal Air force for over 26 years, is one of many directly affected by Fisher House to be attending the event.

He said: “Fisher House provided a physical and emotional refuge for me and my family after I underwent surgery at the QEHB to remove a life-threatening brain tumour. Fisher House and the support team took away a whole host of worries and provided a sense of community that allowed us to concentrate on my treatment and recovery.”

Justine Davy, Head of Fundraising at QEHB Charity, said: “We are delighted to welcome members from Warwickshire County Cricket Club back to Fisher House for a third year and are extremely grateful for their continued generosity and support. The Christmas lunch is always a wonderful event and provides a great opportunity for all those involved in Fisher House – whether they have stayed at the home or helped facilitate it – to reunite over a fun, festive meal.”

Justine added: “Fisher House is funded entirely by donations from the public, corporate sponsors and other generous donors. The Charity is incredibly grateful for the generous grants from Fisher House Foundation and Help for Heroes, and for the generous support offered by SAFFA and Help for Heroes towards to the ongoing running costs. Although families stay at the house for free it costs QEHB Charity £25 per night to accommodate them, so every donation, big or small, really does make a difference to families of injured or ill military personnel, who have done so much for us.”

To make a donation to Fisher House please visit www.fisherhouseuk.org.

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