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Help for Heroes Statue - Is it a waste?

#1
A few weeks ago Prince William official opened the new multi-milion pound swimming pool complex at Headley Court.

There is a resin/fibreglass statue outside the swimming pool. This is soon to be replaced by a £125,000 bronze statue. Both statues are of the H4H stretcher.

I don't have an issue with the cost. Not many will see it at Headley. I would rather see the bronze statue in a major city so that it can be seen by many and remind them of the sacrifice and help injured troops receive.
 
#3
That was my original thought, but with the announcement by David Cameron that we will withdraw from Afghan by 2015, the dead and injured will soon be forgotten when there is nothing to remind them.
 
#5
I think the empty plinth is being kept for a statue of HM on Burmese (it's the right shape for an equestrian state), and obviously that will have to wait until after her demise. Hence the series of temporary occupants - and this statue would be a very worthy one.

But I'd rather have seen the money spent on the purposes for which it was given - ie support and facilities for the recent wounded. Assuming, that is, that it was paid forby H4H not a separate benefactor.
 
#7
EX_STAB said:
If it's already been ordered it would be better going in a public place in a major city as Dingerr suggests.
Hows about pride of place just inside the main gate of the 2012 olympic park?
 
#8
It sounds as though I won't be getting onto the spare Plinth, then. Buggrit.

All yours, Your Majesty.

Meanwhile, £125,000 could have done a lot for Hols4H. Buggrit.
 
#9
I am sure HM would prefer MSR's suggestion for the currently spare plinth.

Maybe a campaign is required..............

Hand grenade thrown,ducking back down again now...........
 
#11
Although I agree that the £125K could be put to better use, in the grand scheme of things it isn't a huge amount of money and wouldn't go far in paying for physio's etc.

That said, I think that if you are going to spend any money on something like this, then as mentioned, it needs to be placed somewhere prominent and permanent to remind people of those who continue to suffer long after the fighting is finished.
 
#12
No, £125k is a drop in the ocean really.

Physios - already paid for. They have a salary. So ....


Hmmm - average Hols4H respite break for the wounded, widows, kids, crippled, blinded = about £1,000.

Never mind. Pretty statue, shame about the 125 families who get fukk all to help them.

<SNARL>
 

Pararegtom

LE
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#13
dingerr said:
That was my original thought, but with the announcement by David Cameron that we will withdraw from Afghan by 2015, the dead and injured will soon be forgotten when there is nothing to remind them.
Dingerr meet a chap from Spinal today he said the exact same thing, in 5 years everyone will forget, statues or no statute,s well it,s us old duffers that have to make people not forget.
 
#14
Have spoken to an arty friend, who pointed out that Trafalgar Square wouldn't work for two other reasons:

a) plinth is huge and high up: statue would be dwarfed and thus lose impact, and

b) statue is actually a kind of relief (more or less flat at the back): it needs to be up against a wall.

I'm trying to think of high profile walls, but not coming up with anything.....
 
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fozzy

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#16
Sangreal said:
vampangua said:
I'm trying to think of high profile walls, but not coming up with anything.....
CinC?
Very good !

:clap:

Seriously, 125k would provide a fair bit of assitance to those in need. By all means mark the massive and hugely significant contribution of H4H, but I would have thought a simple brass plaque (dead tasteful, mind) would do .
 
#17
I am not 100% sure but I believe the money for this is being donated via a totally seperate fund.

As for location, I would have said somewhere like Horse Guards Parade so that at every Trooping of the Colour the TV cameras can give the nation a reminder of the scarifice made by others for them.
 
#20
Whilst i would rather the money be spent on the needs of the troops and their families, if there is to be a statue dedicated to the fallen, can i suggest that Wooton Basset would be as good a place as any IMHO. The town has honoured our repatriated dead for a good few years, and given the troops a dignified homecoming of which we should all be proud. perhaps we could return the compliment by giving them the honour of having this memorial there?...Just a thought.
 

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