This photograph is out-of-date. It shows, just east of Tower Bridge in London, the bronze statue of Dr Alfred Salter. But in November, 2011, it was stolen by metal-thieves, and presumably melted down.
Not only Alfred but his wife, Ada, were legendary figures even in their own life-times, and their work for the community was internationally acclaimed. The doctor brought free, state-of-the-art medical facilities into the slums of Bermondsey. He created an ‘NHS before the NHS’. Ada helped thousands with her social clubs, especially for young working women, and later through her ‘Beautification Committee’ she covered the slums with gardens, trees, flowers, children’s playgrounds and open spaces for music and sports. Together they cleared away hovels and built model housing in accordance with garden-city ideals.
Are we to allow the metal-thieves to win and despoil the memory of this altruistic couple? The Salter Statues Campaign think not. That is why we are appealing for funds.
* We aim to include a statue of Ada this time. Her statue would be one of only 15 public statues of women in London, the only public statue of an elected female politician, the only public statue of a Quaker woman and the only public statue of a woman trade unionist.
* Ada sacrificed a life of comfort to help the poor, and Alfred sacrificed a brilliant medical career, only for their daughter, Joyce, to die in the slums. That is the tragic story that the ensemble of statues, by Diane Gorvin, tells. It is a true work of art that deserves support.
* Our target is £50,000. This includes a statue of Ada, replacement of Alfred’s statue, and restoring the statue of their daughter, Joyce, with her cat. We’ve so far raised £34,000 but that’s not enough. We need your generous help for the remaining £16,000.
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