A BLACK Country manufacturing firm has given a £5,000 boost to a vital ‘home away from home’ for wounded soldiers and their families.

Alloy Wire International (AWI) has made Fisher House, located on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site in Birmingham, the eighth recipient of its Wired for Good campaign.

Entirely reliant on charity donations, Fisher House gives families of injured military personnel chance to stay in a secure and supportive environment for as long as they need without charge while their loved one undergoes treatment at the QE.

It was founded to eliminate the stress on military families by offering somewhere close by to stay.

AWI’s donation will help cover 125 nights of free accommodation for people who might otherwise be hundreds of miles away from their loved one.

Adam Shaw, financial director of AWI, said: “Fisher House is an amazing charity, based here in the West Midlands but touching the lives of families all over the UK and, in some instances, the world.

“We feel passionately about supporting our military personnel who dedicate their lives to keeping us safe.

“Since it was launched by King Charles in 2013, the essential ‘home from home’ has supported more than 7,000 families at what is arguably the hardest time of their lives.

“In addition to the £5,000 donation we have made, we will also look at how we can support their future appeals and ensure their outstanding support is offered to even more people.”

Sophie Westlake, senior fundraising and communications officer at Fisher House, said: “We receive no Government or military funding, so without the backing of companies like Alloy Wire International we simply wouldn’t be able to keep our doors open.”

AWI’s Wired for Good Campaign has seen £40,000 donated to good causes across the region including Mary Stevens Hospice, Sands and Tough Enough to Care.