TWO former civil heads of Bromsgrove District Council visited a new military care facility to see how the thousands they raised for Help for Heroes has been used.

Councillors June Griffiths and Caroline Spencer donated £12,500 to the charity, which was received in public donations during civic fund-raisers organised throughout their years in office between 2011 and 2013.

The councillors have now visited Fisher House at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, which received a £1.5 million contribution from the charity towards the £4.2 million cost of the house.

The hospital receives British service personnel and so the families of injured troops often come to Birmingham from as far away as bases in the Falklands, Cyprus, and Germany.

The house allows military patients and their families to stay close together during treatment.

Coun Spencer said: “We were very kindly shown around Fisher House to see where the donations went and it’s an excellent facility.

“We both chose Help for Heroes as a charity close to our hearts and it’s humbling to see the result of people’s donations here.

“I’d like to thank everyone that contributed at any of our civic events.”

Coun Griffiths added: “It is wonderful to see this money being put to such good use.

“Our armed forces do a difficult and often dangerous job on our behalf and they deserve our support.”