The Guinea Pig Club are proud to have had a number of celebrities lend their support and contribute to our Book of Gratitude, helping to raise awareness of the Guinea Pigs and their service during World War Two.
Actress Amanda Redman, who suffered severe burns as a toddler, was treated at the same hospital as the Guinea Pigs and benefited from some of the treatments that were pioneered by Sir Archibald McIndoe.
Amanda says: "The Guinea Pig Club did not hide away from their injuries; encouraged by Sir Archibald they embraced their survival and went on to become an inspiration for future generations."
Falklands veteran Simon Weston
"The Guinea Pigs were an inspiration to me when I was recovering from my injuries after the Falklands War. They visited me in hospital and were living proof that I too would go on to live a full and productive life.
"They were hugely benevolent with their friendship and camaraderie, making me an honorary Guinea Pig and I'm forever thankful for all they have done for me and others suffering from burns."
Actress Fiona Dolman is a friend of Guinea Pig Jack Perry and has met many members of the Club over the years. Fiona also starred in the play, The Guinea Pig Club.
"I was lucky enough to do a play about the Guinea Pigs four years ago and to meet the surviving members. Theirs is an incredible story of courage, friendship and strength.
"They dealt with what, to most of us, would be unimaginable pain and trauma and yet have a wicked sense of humour which shines through all they do. I am incredibly proud and privileged to call them my friends and I wish them a very happy 75th anniversary! They truly are an inspiration."
Actor Jack Ashton also starred in the play The Guinea Pig Club.
He says: "The Guinea Pigs are an amazing group of veterans who had to challenge how society treated those with disabilities or disfigurements under the guidance, foresight and outright stubbornness of Archibald McIndoe. Meeting some of them, as part of my role in The Guinea Pig Club play, has been inspiring and eventful.
"They have some of the wickedest senses of humour I've ever known. Their mischievousness is infectious and their sense of fun and lust for life is a joy to behold. I am so thankful for all they have done and all I have learned from them. They are a shining example of courage, resiliency, fortitude and not taking life too seriously. A fantastic mix. I am honoured to know them."