Peter Blond 1929 - 2021
The Blond family have always been inextricably a part of the charity. We have now lost Peter, a patron and indefatigable supporter.
It started with his father and stepmother Neville and Elaine Blond. As Peter described in his 2012 address to the audience of the Blond McIndoe Award for Overcoming Adversity:
“My father and my stepmother made a pretty formidable couple. Just before war was declared, Elaine had proved herself with the organisation of Kinder Transport bringing ten thousand Jewish children out of Berlin to London over 10 weeks, where hostels and care were organised by her amazing committee. Virginia and I went to Buckingham Palace after the war where she was decorated by the Queen.’’
It was Archie who had inspired the Blonds throughout the war. Before he died, Archie had stressed to Neville and Elaine the need to develop research going beyond the routines that he had so successfully developed during the war – to progress science into micro-surgery, stem cell development for skin, eye surgery and much more.
Following Archie’s death in 1960, Neville and Elaine vowed to create the finest burns unit in Europe in his name. The McIndoe Burns Unit was opened in 1961. It was designed, built and equipped by the family and given to the NHS to run at a cost of some £300,000.
Since the inception of the charity, Peter exemplified that continuity of interest and commitment from the next generation of Blonds. He involved himself closely with the charity, which for many years was chaired either by his stepsister Simone or by Vanora, Archie’s daughter.
Peter had a long-standing association with motorsport, most notably racing various iconic Jaguars through the 1950s, competing at Le Mans in 1959 and regularly frequenting the challenging Goodwood circuit.
In 2006 he took part in the Louis Vuitton Boheme Run from Budapest to Prague in a 1931 Rolls Royce raising over £31,000 for Blond McIndoe, and in 2011 Peter raised over £50,000 for us.
When I took over as Chair of the charity, his commitment was undiminished. He attended meetings and functions, took part in fundraising activities, was on hand to advise and was instrumental in moving the base of the charity from the Queen Victoria Hospital to the Royal College of Surgeons.
I will miss him. The charity will miss him. He will always be with us in spirit and his steadfast support will continue to inspire us.
Gordon Bebb, Chairman.