Statue to Sir Archibald McIndoe

Appeal Launched for the Statue of McIndoe

The maquette for the Statue to Sir Archibald McIndoe was revealed at a preview on 4th April 2013 at the RAF Club in London and then Formal press Launch on the 5th April at East Court, East Grinstead.

The maquette is a scale model of the finished sculpture that will hopefully be sited in front of Sackville College in East Grinstead. It depicts McIndoe and an anonymous airman (one of his Guinea Pigs) and an inscription referring to his work and the role of the town “that did not stare”. The complete piece includes a bench for visitors to sit and reflect on the work. The area will be landscaped to ensure that the statue fits in with the historic backdrop of the college.

The appeal launched this week is to fund the project, expected to cost in the region of £175,000 and donations are being accepted via a special website set up for the project Details how to make donations in other ways are also on the site.

The Town Council is working alongside the Blond McIndoe Research Centre, East Grinstead Business Association, and members of the McIndoe family to steer the project, although it is to be funded through donations made to the appeal. The chosen sculptor is Martin Jennings whose father was treated by the team at the QVH following burns sustained during the war.

Should the donations be sufficient it is hoped that the statue will be in place Spring 2014.