Hannah Foxley is the daughter of the late Bill Foxley who was described as the worst burnt, surviving airman of the Second World War.
At just 20 years of age, his Wellington Bomber crashed in a training flight. He escaped unharmed but went back to rescue his comrades and in the process lost his face and hands in the searing heat of the burning plane.
He then spent the next four years in hospital, being reconstructed in a series of 29 operations by the revered plastic surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, which became a famous burns hospital. He not only repaired the physical damage, but helped these young men come to terms with such horrendous disfigurement so early in their lives. They were in fact guinea pigs for plastic surgery and many of the techniques used to rebuild their faces and hands are still used today. As a result of this nickname, they formed the Guinea Pig Club, which became famous worldwide as the exclusive club of men with horrendous burns who had been reconstructed by Archie McIndoe. The stakes of entry were high!
William Foxley went on to marry and become a general manager at The Central Electricity Generating Board. He had two sons from his first marriage before sadly losing his wife to a brain tumour. Hannah is the daughter of his second marriage. He appeared in the famous film The Battle of Britain and was regularly featured in the media and on TV raising awareness of facial burns suffered by World War II aircrew.
He worked tirelessly to raise money for the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation, which takes part in pioneering research into wound healing and reconstructive surgery.
He was a true icon for triumph over adversity with an incredibly strong and positive mindset.