SSAFA Provides Welcoming Face for Fisher House Families
SSAFA's Patrick Hogan is the manager of new 'home from home' at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
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The new Fisher House for the families of injured troops at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham opens on today and will be managed by a man who already has years of experience supporting the families of wounded servicemen and women.
Patrick Hogan is the manager of the new 18 bed ‘home from home’ which will be run by SSAFA. Patrick and his team will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the home after successfully operating our nearby SSAFA Norton House, Selly Oak, for the last four years.
The new house at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham has been funded by the American Fisher House Foundation, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and Help for Heroes.
Patrick said: “I am really pleased to be given this wonderful opportunity to look after the families of our servicemen and women being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
“Managing a large house as a ‘home from home’ is much more than just ensuring the property is clean and tidy, important as that may be. It’s all about creating a welcoming and caring space where people can think and be supported though difficult and uncertain times. The emotional side of what we do is tremendously important.”
The existing five bedroom SSAFA Norton House will continue to be used to house families who’s loved ones are undergoing treatment and require long term accommodation.