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Some Useful Links

We’re very grateful to Sarah Brian who has gone to the trouble of contacting us with these very useful links you may not have come across before. Sarah works as a librarian and, through her profession, has a particular interest in helping to empower people with stories and knowledge.  These links have also been added to… View Article

November eNews from PACE Rehabilitation

Please follow the link to open PACE Rehabilitation’s latest eNews (November 17) and see what this inspiring organisation has been up to recently. It sometimes seems almost unbelievable the speed with which prostheses have developed over the past few years and the possibilities and support that exist now for amputees. Sir Douglas Bader, such a… View Article

LimbPower FUNdamental Skills Workshop

  LimbPower FUNdamental Skills Workshop Saturday 18th November – 10.00am – 4.00pm Forum Square, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M22 5RX For children between 5–18 who have an activity limb. Develop: skills to help your child take part in school PE their confidence and self-esteem new skills  have fun meet other children with a similar disability Your child… View Article

Ahoy Me Hearties! RLUG Great Day on the Canal with the DBF

Roehampton Limb User Group had a thoroughly enjoyable day out on the canal with the DBF and we’re grateful to Christopher Harwood for sending these great photographs of the trip, which can be seen as a gallery below. A day on a Canal Boat is such a wonderfully relaxing experience and we hope to repeat… View Article

Call for People with Limb Loss to Take Part in New TV Series

We recently posted information from Hello Halo, an award winning TV production company, about a potential new series for BBC Three. Hello Halo are still keen to chat to people who might be interested…  I appreciate that we receive quite a few requests of a similar nature but programmes done well and sensitively, featuring people… View Article

Latest Update From Scottish Disability Golf

Hello all you golfing enthusiasts, here is the latest update from Scottish Disability Golf…. Hello A few brief updates from Scottish Disability Golf. Details of our finale to the 2017 season, 2-days of  golf near St Andrews, are now on the website Diary Page . .  . . . http://www.sdgp.org.uk/Index.asp?MainID=23691 A link to an invitation… View Article

A New Guide to Travel Insurance for People with a Disability

Freelance writer, Daren Felton, who sent us his very useful guide to travelling with a medical condition, has now added another very informative and helpful guide for people travelling with disabilities. This new article is called: “Ultimate Travel Insurance & Disabilities Guide”. This hugely comprehensive article is packed with information on every aspect of travelling… View Article

Rubber Suits & Lukewarm Soup…Read on to find out more – how could you resist?!

We were delighted to hear from Steve Randall, now an Airbus Captain in America. Steve contacted us to tell us about his connection with Douglas Bader, who was an overwhelming motivation for him when pursuing his flying career during the past 30+ years. Steve has recently written a book about some of his early flying… View Article

TV Production Company Looking for People Living with Limb Loss

We’ve been contacted by award winning TV Production Company “Hello Halo“. As you’ll see from the flyer below, they are currently looking particularly to speak to people who have experienced limb loss about taking part in a new series for BBC Three. As with other opportunities of this kind, there is the potential to raise… View Article

Travelling Without Limits – Helpful Information for Travellers with a Disability

Fiona Gosden, the Disability Specialist at DisabledHolidays.com, has kindly sent us this very helpful guide to holidaying or travelling when you have a disability. Fiona herself uses a wheelchair and has travelled pretty extensively so she is able to offer this useful advice with first hand experience.  Fiona has previously contributed some very enjoyable travel… View Article

The Essential Guide to Travelling with a Medical Condition

We are very grateful to freelance writer, Daren Felton, who has sent us this very useful guide for anyone who loves travelling and holidays but has trouble coping with issues and challenges that arise when travelling with some kind of medical condition. Travel companies aren’t always as helpful as the could be and, with forewarned… View Article

Diabetes & Amputation – A Must Read for Anyone Suffering from Diabetes

Statistics related to diabetes and amputations Over half of limb amputations (about 67 percent) in the United States are attributable to diabetes and related complications. The majority of limb amputations are performed on the lower extremities. From 1980 to 2003, lower extremity amputations increased from 33,000 to 84,000 in 1997, and dropped back down to… View Article

NHS Prosthetic Service Review – A Chance for Your Voice to be Heard

We are grateful to OPUS (Orthotic Prosthetic Users Stanmore), a voluntary user group working alongside the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust for bringing the following NHS Review to our attention. As they say, it’s a chance to have your voice or collective voices heard… OPUS would like to draw your attention to fact that the… View Article

Safer Cycling – A comprehensive new guide by Jonas Greene

We’re grateful to freelance writer, Jonas Greene, who contacted us about his excellent and comprehensive article, a guide to Safer Cycling. Cycling is growing in popularity as a sport and can be a particularly beneficial one for amputees and people with other disabilities not just physically but psychologically and socially too. We are keen to… View Article

Scottish Disability Golf – Golf Clinics

The Scottish Disability Golf Partnership (SDGP) will be holding a series of clinics, which should be well worth attending… Please note that the link below won’t work. If you’d like more information, please check out the Scottish Disability Golf Website where contact details will also be found. (The link will open in a new tab.)

At last! A Proper Disabled Holiday Company!

I think DisabledHolidays.com is the first truly Disabled-Friendly Holiday company we’ve seen. We’ve heard from holiday companies that pay lip service to making holidays “accessible”, but sadly this doesn’t always amount to as much as the brochures and blurbs would imply. This one seems to encompass everything and we’re very grateful to Fiona, the Disabled Specialist,… View Article
Volunteers Required to Help with Developing Patient Information Resources

Volunteers Required to Help with Developing Patient Information Resources

Clare Uytman, Psychology Lecturer at the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is working on a project which aims to develop a series of patient information resources based on real life narratives of individuals who have experienced limb loss and prosthesis use.  She is looking for volunteer research participants to help with this useful research. Clare says: “The… View Article

Do You Support Someone with Limb Loss? Urgent Renewed Call for Research Participants

  You may remember that in March this year we were contacted by Sophie Mitchell, a 2nd year Trainee Clinical Psychologist currently undertaking research related to limb loss at the University of Essex. She is now urgently looking for more participants to help her with this valuable research. Sophie would like to be contacted by individuals who provide… View Article

OPUS – Next Get Together is in October. Mark the Date Now!

Please note that the next meet up of OPUS (Orthotic, Prosthetic Users Stanmore) will be on Saturday 21st October. OPUS is based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Blockley Hill, Stanmore, HA7 4LP, but please note that October’s meeting will be at The Battle Axes, Butterfly Lane, Elstree, WE6 3AD. Rumour has it that there may… View Article
Information Required for Prosthetic Design Research

Information Required for Prosthetic Design Research

Information is required to help a postgraduate at Loughborough University with research into the design of prosthetic limbs.  Anna Vlachaki has compiled a questionnaire for an online survey and obviously the more answers she can gather from it, the better for her study. If you require a prosthetic limb or are interested in helping to inform the… View Article

4 People with Physical Disabilities Required to Take Part in Paid Focus Group

Mars is looking for 4 people with physical disabilities to take part in a paid focus group in Central London. If you’d like to make a difference to how disabled people are represented in advertising… Read on: Hi there, We are an independent market research agency looking to invite people with physical disabilities to a paid… View Article

There’s Still Time to Register for the 2nd Session of the OPUS Nordic Walking Course

The first session of OPUS (Orthotic, Prosthetic Users Stanmore) Nordic Walking Course on the 21st May was clearly a great success. If you weren’t able to get to that session but would still like to try out Nordic Walking, you can still resister for the second session which will take place on Sunday, 4th June… View Article

Another Event for Cycling Enthusiasts – The Cyclone Festival of Cycling

We’re grateful to Sonia Sanghani, author of Stumps & Cranks (an Introduction to Amputee Cycling), for bringing the Cyclone Festival of Cycling, now only 4 weeks away, to our attention. Cycling is known to be a great sport for amputees with benefits to health and fitness and a very friendly and supportive social aspect. As you… View Article

News from OPUS – Nordic Walking Course now available

We’ve been contacted by Sandra Staffiero from the OPUS (Orthotic, Prosthetic Users Stanmore) User Group with details about their exciting Nordic Walking Course. This is based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Blockley Hill, Stanmore, HA7 4LP. Nordic Walking is not only good social exercise but is known to be beneficial for building overall strength… View Article

Fantastic Opportunity for a Leg Amputee Male 16-40 with Access to Bristol…

We’ve been contacted by Jade at Uni-VersalEXTRAS, based at Pinewood Studios with a great opportunity. Please see details below and, if you’re interested in taking part or finding out more about this chance to take part in a new Feature Film, please contact Jade via the email address given in the post. “I work for a film and… View Article

Great News! C-Leg 4 & Funding for Children Now Available on the NHS…

Wonderful news for amputees and those with limb  difference: NHS England has agreed to fund micro-processor knees (MPK’s) meaning C-Legs will now be available through the NHS. And..From now until the end of March 2018, the Department of Health has dedicated £750,000 to fund activity and sport prostheses for children and young people under the age… View Article

OHMI – Last Call for Entries to their Musical Instrument Competition

OK – you’ll have to be quick, the closing date is tomorrow… but if you’re too late for this year it will give you plenty of time to perfect your entry for next year. OHMI are very keen to see more entries; new musical instruments that could decide whether a child without the use of one hand… View Article

Research Help Required if you Support Someone with Limb Loss

We’ve been contacted by Sophie Mitchell, a 2nd year Trainee Clinical Psychologist currently undertaking research related to limb loss, at the University of Essex. Like all this research, the results could ultimately benefit amputees, those with limb difference and, in this instance, their families and carers also.  If you’d like to help or require more information,… View Article

Another Great TV Opportunity! Taxi of Mum & Dad

We’ve been contacted by Princess Productions, a TV company in London. The are responsible for Sunday Brunch and The Wright Stuff and produced The Superhumans Show, Life Stripped Bare and Stand Up to Cancer in 2016. They are currently making a new primetime programme for Channel 4 Education called “Taxi of Mum & Dad” that looks at… View Article

Urgently Calling Trans-Tibial Amputees

Trans-tibial amputees required for valuable research…You may remember that in August we published a post on behalf of Sarah Moudy and Amy Sibley, researchers at Roehampton University. They are looking for trans-tibial amputees to take part in trials investigating the effects of amputation on muscular function and joint coordination for a PhD study.  Able-bodied people… View Article

Hotter Shoes on offer

We’ve been contacted by Miriam who has different sized feet and has to buy 2 pairs of shoes at a time to get one! Rather than get rid of the brand new, unworn obsolete shoes, she thought they might come in handy for an amputee or someone with limb difference and asked us if we… View Article

WCPLLG Announce 2017 Advancing Healthcare Awards

 announce the launch of the 2017 Advancing Healthcare Awards. I welcome the launch of the 2017 Advancing Healthcare Awards for Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists, Apprentices, Support Workers and Technicians. Such initiatives are excellent opportunities to allow our Forum to reach out to share, promote and celebrate the achievements of our many many caring Healthcare Professionals whose skills,… View Article

Government Grant available for children’s sports prostheses. Act now!!

Parents are urged to act now to avoid missing out on 1.5m Government grant for children’s sports prostheses. The Department of Health has announced that the 1.5m Government funding, which was announced earlier this year, for the provision of children’s sports prostheses and research has been ringfenced and is now available for limb centres to… View Article

An Introduction to Finding Your Feet

Finding Your Feet is based in Scotland and supports people affected by amputation or limb difference.  We provide a wide range of support to individuals who have been affected by amputation or limb difference, through sporting initiatives and social inclusion projects. They have a lot of exciting things going on. Follow the link (or click… View Article

Stumps and Cranks News

Stumps and Cranks – A Beginner’s Dream is the must-have book for all new amputees or amputees contemplating taking up cycling for the first time.  Designed to be read by adults and older children or families it sets out the basic elements of equipment, instruction and points of general care and attention advocated by cycling… View Article

Bader’s Big Band is Recruiting Musicians Now!

Team Bader (Cycling) has been going great guns and now Team Bader (Music) is born… “Bader’s Big Band” is a new DBF initiative and if you’re a musician, have a disability and would like to play in a Big Band, this is for you. A Big Band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing… View Article
Lower-Limb Amputees Required to help with Research into Activity Levels

Lower-Limb Amputees Required to help with Research into Activity Levels

Dr. Bethan Griffiths would like your help into research which aims to develop an understanding of physical activity levels in a lower-limb amputee group and the barriers participants have in becoming and remaining physically active. She is a postgraduate student undertaking a dissertation project to complete a sports and exercise medicine MSc at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The overall purpose… View Article
Parent of a Child with Limb Difference? Help Required with Valuable Research

Parent of a Child with Limb Difference? Help Required with Valuable Research

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RECRUITING PERIOD IS NOW COMPLETED. WE WILL PUBLISH THE RESULTS IN DUE COURSE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST & PARTICIPATION.  Are you the parent of a child with limb difference who has been provided with an artificial limb? James Oliver, a trainee clinical psychologist, would like your participation in research he is… View Article

Panathlon Breaks through 10,000 Barrier

The number of disabled young people taking part in Panathlon events topped 10,000 for the first time in the 2015/16 – and the start of 2016/17 has been marked by more impressive figures, in the deaf programme. Read their November Newsletter here. Check out the Panathlon website by clicking on the logo. The link will… View Article

Latest Newsletter from Pace Rehabilitation

What has PACE Rehabilitation been up to now?! Check out their latest newsletter here to find out: http://eepurl.com/chS-or

Amputee participation required by University of Roehampton for PhD Research

Another request for participation by a PhD research student at the University of Roehampton, London. Miranda Asher is hoping to encourage below knee unilateral amputees to undertake a fitness test so that she can identify factors of ‘fitness’ that affect participation in sport for amputees. The next step will be to use this information to create an exercise program… View Article

Trans-tibial Amputees Required for Valuable Research

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED! Researchers at Roehampton University are looking to recruit trans-tibial amputees as well as able-bodied 20-45 year olds for a PhD study investigating the effects of amputation on muscular function and joint coordination. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. Please see the poster for further information! We do hope the information gathered will… View Article

Super Saturday at Sensational Sleap

Once again our friends at The Shropshire Aero Club provided Bader Braves with yet another fantastic day on Saturday 2nd July. Despite the rather disappointing temperature, gusty winds and threat of “intermittent showers” event organiser, Neil Edgeley, took the decision on Friday after consulting with the weather men, that our Young Aviators Day at Sleap… View Article

Help with PhD Research Required

Andrew Hodrien is a PhD Researcher at Salford University, Manchester. He has contacted us in the hope that some of you may be able to assist him with his research. If you are an adult upper limb prosthetic user and would like to be involved with this important research, which could potentially benefit others with… View Article

Join the Dambusters Cycle Ride

Dambuster Cycle Ride to commemorate the famous raids on the dams in Germany that took place on the 16 & 17 May 1943 and which accelerated the end of WW2. This unique event takes place on Sunday 15 May and will be a ride up the beautiful Towy Valley and on to the Llyn Brianne… View Article

The Great Pottery Throw Down-Application Date Extension!

Good news! You now have more time to apply for this opportunity. The previous deadline of  Midnight Sunday 10th April has been extended by a week and you now have until Midnight Sunday 17th April to apply to take part in The Great Pottery Throw Down. Why not give it a go?! Do you like… View Article

LimbPower Launches new Website

LimbPower, the national charity is proud to reveal its brand new website. Designed and created to support more amputees and people with limb impairments to take part in sport and physical activity at all levels. Since being awarded status as a National Disability Sports Organisation in July 2014, LimbPower’s growing online presence through web traffic… View Article

Another opportunity to appear on Channel 4!

We’ve been contacted by Alice Hinsley, the Casting Assistant Producer for Windfall Films, who is looking for people to take part in a new programme that will retrace the steps of a famous voyage across the Pacific Ocean in a small replica boat. There will be a crew on board with various skill sets including… View Article

London Wheelchair Rugby Club

Craig Streeter of the London Wheelchair Rugby Club has contacted us. The LWRC is currently trying to attract new players and, if you use a wheelchair and would like to play Rugby, is certainly a club worth checking out. “LWRC is one of the clubs in London and the South East, and we aim to provide opportunities through… View Article

Want to take part in BBC Living History Series?

We’ve been contacted by a production company called Wall to Wall Media (www.walltowall.co.uk), which has made programmes like Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC  One), and popular living history series such as Back In Time For Dinner (BBC Two) and Victorian Bakers (BBC Two). They are working on a new BBC ‘living-history’ series which will… View Article

Important Petition – Please Sign

Jeremy Hunt, Should disabled children be able to participate in School Sports & PE? YES THEY SHOULD!! We hope you, communities, parents, families, athletes of all abilities and those who are disabled will agree with The Douglas Bader Foundation that disabled children and young adults deserve to be treated as equals. The advice the NHS… View Article

Location Location Location

Would you like to appear in award-winning Channel 4 property series, Location Location Location? The programme has been running for 15 years and Channel 4 is now in pre-production for the 19th series. The are constantly striving to represent all areas of society in the UK and are always keen to find new ways to… View Article

New RAW TV opportunity

You may remember that we featured a post by television production company, RAW TV, last year. They’ve been in touch again as they have been commissioned to make two more documentaries and are inviting people to take part. RAW TV is a BAFTA winning Production Company based in London with a strong reputation for making sensitive… View Article

Research – Help please!

“A piece of research into diabetic foot care needs your help in collecting results. If you could spare just a few minutes of your time, please fill out the attached questionnaire.” Alex Capel, currently studying for a degree in biomedical science at Oxford Brookes University contacted us about the above very worthwhile research. For his dissertation… View Article

Pace News! Vicky collects degree!

Thanks to Pace Rehabilitation for sending us this uplifting news on Vicky Bach, who had her leg amputated following the horrific accident at Alton Towers in June this year. All at the DBF congratulate Vicky on her degree and wish her the very best of luck for the future. We’ve no doubt that her courage and fighting… View Article

New TV Opportunity!

We’ve been contacted by Amy, a Casting Producer for Raw Television, “a TV production company making intelligent, thought provoking and sensitive documentaries for ITV, BBC and Channel 4 and also known for its Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning feature film The Imposter“, in the hope that someone reading this might be interested in taking part in a new television… View Article

Free Workshop for Amputees

Coyote Design (click on the logo above to visit the website) is holding 2 free workshops on Tuesday 15th December. One will be for O&P Practitioners and Technicians and the other for amputees. The workshops will both take place at: REHAB Prosthetics, 15 The Courtyard, Whitwick Business Park, Coalville, LE67 4JP Tel: 01530 813 555 Fax:… View Article

Rescue Dog to Super Dog

(Click on the logo to visit the Plimsoll Website) Plimsoll, a TV production company in Bristol, have been commissioned by Channel 4 to produce a new 3-part series about the benefits of dog ownership to the owner’s health. The series is going to be called “Rescue Dog to Super Dog” and will see homeless dogs… View Article

Urgent! Acting Opportunity!

Dying Out Loud have contacted us looking for an amputee or visually impaired actress to play a part in a new play they are putting on at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. Please see their information below. If you are interested auditioning, you’ll have to “act” quickly as the official casting date is today! This… View Article

New Phantom Limb Pain Research

Crowdacure (click on the logo above to visit the website) is a crowdfunding platform for hard to fund medical researching fields such as Phantom Limb Pain. Even for good and important research, it is hard to find funding in the fields of Phantom Limb Pain, High-Risk Twins’ Pregnancies, Stroke, Chronic Bronchitis, Vertigo, Mental Health, Migraines, Rare Diseases,… View Article

New! Airport Info for Disabled

You can click on the banner to access the Heathrow Airport Guide at the relevant page. At last! Helpful airport information in one accessible place for disabled travellers. Airport travel can be stressful at the best of times but, when you’re disabled in some way, this can be exacerbated big time. We think that anything… View Article

Latest Update from the SDGP

Scottish Disability Golf St Andrews 2015 Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 October 3-days golf in St Andrews + meals & accommodation is only £168 Disabled golfers, from any country, group or organisation, are invited to enter this 3-day competition operated by the SDGP. Subsidised entry packages are: For 3-days golf, meals and 2or3-nite accommodation costs… View Article

Disabled Holidays

We’ve been asked to bring DisabledHolidays.com to your attention and are delighted that here seems to be a holiday company setting out to make life as easy as possible for those with disabilities that may normally make the idea of planning a holiday less than appealing! As always, if you use this company, we’d love… View Article

Research – Answers Please

LimbPower – Seeking Young People for Research Interviews Are you an amputee or person with congenital limb difference aged between 16 and 30? LimbPower, the National Disability Sport Organisation for people with limb impairments wants to hear from you. As part of a new research project exploring sport and physical activity for disabled people, LimbPower want… View Article

July news from PACE

Please follow the link to visit the PACE Rehabilitation Website where you will find the latest news from PACE who continue to transform peoples’ lives in amazing ways. Click HERE to see what they’ve been up to in July.

Scottish Disability Golf Update

(Click on the logo to visit the Website) A message from Jim Gales of Scottish Disability Golf: Dear Golfers Finale to the 2015 season Scottish Disability Golf will host two 3-day, 54 hole golf competitions and one single day competition before the seasons’ end. Slaley Hall’s Priestman Golf Course, in Northumberland will play host to… View Article

Opportunity to be on a TV Show!

We’ve been contacted by a television production company about a new TV show looking for participants. The show is based on people making a pledge to the nation about what they would like to achieve by this time next year and hopes to follow people’s journeys throughout the year to see them making progress and hopefully fulfilling their… View Article

Latest PACE Press Release

TV’s Supervet Inspires Female Amputee When out walking in London on 16th February 2007, Victoria Reeve (50) from Doncaster was hit by car that mounted the pavement. She suffered severe injuries to her right leg resulting in a transfemoral (above the knee) amputation the same day. Eight years later, inspired in part by watching TV’s… View Article

BBC Challenge Show Opportunity…

Plans are afoot for a brand new Challenge Entertainment Show to be aired on Saturday nights by the BBC and they’re looking for people to take part. The show, called Can’t Touch This will take the form of a physical obstacle course and will be open for all ages from 18-69. You don’t need to be super-fit… View Article

Disability Cycling Opportunities

A Summer of Cycling at British Cycling’s Disability Hubs Success from the Great Britain Para-cycling Team has inspired riders of all abilities to get involved with cycling, meaning there is significant demand for accessible training. This summer, there will be lots of activities on offer for those new to the sport, all the way through… View Article

Try Your Hand at Archery!

South Leeds Archers are holding a Disabled Have A Go day on Saturday 13th June. The session, exclusively for the disabled and their carers, will run from 11.30-2.30 and will take place in the Indoor Sports Hall, Cockburns School, Gypsy Lane, Leeds, LS11 5TT. DISABLED HAVE-A-GO DAY SOUTH LEEDS ARCHERS DISABLED HAVEAGO DAY Saturday 13th June… View Article

SDGP Update & News

(Click on logo to visit Website where you will find links) Congratulations to Trevor Crombie from Kirkcaldy who aced the fourth hole at Alloa Golf Club on Thursday 28 May and claimed the fabulous Hole-In-one prize of a two week stay in a villa in Florida USA. This was made possible thanks to the generosity… View Article

Double leg amputee wanted!

An opportunity for a double leg amputee to take part in a promotional video. No previous experience is necessary and shooting would take place at the end of June in London. We’ve been contacted by Lucy Allen, Casting Booker for 2020 Casting, an extras agency, re the above. If you think you might be interested… View Article

Books for Children with Limb Loss?

We’ve been asked if there’s a book that parents can read with their children who have suffered limb loss? We can’t find anything and neither has she so far but if you know of anything we’ve missed then do please let us know. Given how isolated some children (and adults) with limb loss can feel,… View Article

Legs4Africa – Spring Update

I’m pleased to announce that our most recent consignment of 1,000 legs reached The Gambia a few weeks ago of which we are still waiting for the TV coverage to come through from the national government station which filmed the handover ceremony to the Ministry of Health. This is due any day now and as… View Article

Cycling as an Amputee

This article, written by Derek Levy, an above knee amputee, was published in Coasting Together, the Website of the dynamic Sussex Rehabilitation Centre User Group of the same name, on March 29th, 2015. We are very grateful to Coasting Together for allowing us to use this excellent and informative article on our own Website. There… View Article

PORT-ER 1st Newsletter

Sandra Sexton from PORT-ER has sent us the first Newsletter of 2015 from the charity. Their Mobility Matters campaign highlights the need for development in prosthetics and orthotics. “PORT-ER is the charity where mobility matters. Our vision is to bring about better patient care for people with mobility challenges through national and international development. We are… View Article

Prosthetic to Fashion Statement!

UNYQ fairings and accessories are gorgeous 3D printed embellishments that wrap around your prosthetic leg to restore your shape and define your signature style. No more compromises. No more fake-looking silicone covers. This is about allowing you the freedom to express yourself. Our boutique studios in Seville and San Francisco have an eye for fashion… View Article

Can you help Helen?

Helen Power, an upper arm amputee, has contacted us hoping for some advice. Helen hasn’t used a prosthetic for many years but has begun to get sporadic back pain so is keen to start using one again. Her GP has advised her to refer herself but she isn’t sure how or where to go about… View Article

Seeking double arm amputee…

We Got POP, a casting platform, is currently working on a high profile production and urgently seeking a double arm amputee for a role. At this stage any gender will be considered. This could be an exciting opportunity and if you’d like more information please contact Steven Griffiths by email: steven@wegotpop.com or telephone: 07583319177 You can also visit… View Article

Take part in Miracle Weddings

Raw are looking for individuals who’ve experienced a personal tragedy, accident or life-changing illness and who are about to get married to a partner who has stuck by them throughout.

Rio Production Training Scheme

The Channel 4 Rio Production Training Scheme will give 24 disabled applicants the opportunity to train as production staff to the level required to work on the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016, and beyond that to build a career in sport production. We were grateful to be contacted by Helen Eng from recruitment agency, Versutus,… View Article

Monthly topic: Bullying

We’re trying a new thing on the Website, which is to focus on a topic that is brought to our attention or that comes to light through the news or other sources. We would love to hear your thoughts or experiences if you feel that any of the subjects raised relate to you or to people… View Article

Watson Inspiration? Andy is!!

“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve We recently published a post featuring Andy Watson who broke 2 vertebrae in his neck and became a tetraplegic. Tetraplegia is about as bad as it gets, Wikipedia defines it: “Tetraplegia, also known… View Article

RTTC Champions Night Honours DBF Ambassador Margaret Biggs!

CTT CHAMPIONS’ NIGHT – Saturday 17th January 2015 On Saturday evening representatives of the Douglas Bader Foundation had the honour of attending the Cycling Time Trials (CTT)’s Champions Night Dinner to honour the inspirational achievements of our DBF Ambassador, Margaret “Maggz” Biggs. Maggz has been a cycling enthusiast and competitor for most of her life but was… View Article

Meet Andy Watson – an inspiration!

“Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you… View Article
Please Spare 5 Minutes to Complete the LimbPower Survey

Please Spare 5 Minutes to Complete the LimbPower Survey

Please complete this survey for LimbPower and help them to reach their target of 100 people. Your answers could benefit others. Thank you so much for your response so far, 47 people have completed the website survey. We need 100 people, so please do complete this if you have time.This is your opportunity to have… View Article

Please Spare 5 Minutes to Complete the LimbPower Survey

Please complete this survey for LimbPower and help them to reach their target of 100 people. Your answers could benefit others. Thank you so much for your response so far, 47 people have completed the website survey. We need 100 people, so please do complete this if you have time.This is your opportunity to have… View Article

Hello everyone – We’re back!

WELCOME TO 2015 DBF STYLE! * Just to let you all know that after a somewhat extended New Year break, the Website is now back in action. *  I hope all our friends and supporters had a very happy holiday and that 2015 brings you all health and happiness. We have a fantastic programme in… View Article
Christmas Newsletter from the SDGP

Christmas Newsletter from the SDGP

WELCOME TO THE LATEST NEWSLETTER FROM THE SDGP Next October, the SDGP will once again host the Fife Classic in St Andrews. The 3-day, 54-hole event, will be played at the Dukes, Kittocks and St Michaels Golf Courses. The event, which has previously been attended by players from Holland, England and Norway, is being played… View Article
Christmas 2014 Newsletter from PACE

Christmas 2014 Newsletter from PACE

Our thanks to PACE Rehabilitation for sending their Christmas Newsletter. Please see below for active links* and click on the Newsletter itself to visit the PACE Website. We wish all at PACE a Merry Christmas and look forward to hearing about more amazing developments in 2015! * Links in the above image won’t work. To… View Article

Inspiring achievement by young amputee

Young Malik Berbiche is going from strength to strength since he got involved with sport at school. It seems as though he is now on his way to becoming a future Paralympian and we all at the Douglas Bader Foundation congratulate him on his 3rd Place in the Panathlon Young Achievers Awards.
Exciting Developments at Legs4Africa!! Read their update here…(And, at last, something useful you can do with that obsolete prosthetic limb.)

Exciting Developments at Legs4Africa!! Read their update here…(And, at last, something useful you can do with that obsolete prosthetic limb.)

We’re delighted to pass on this exciting news from Legs4Africa who are going from strength to strength. Fantastic achievement, Tom and all; it’s about time Africa had some good news…Keep up the great work! If you’d like to support this excellent cause financially, you can donate using the links below. To support practically, if you have… View Article

Stoney Lane Day Centre – 50th Anniversary!

On Thursday 19th November I visited the Stoney Lane Day Centre in West Bromwich, a facility created to provide day care opportunities for adults of 18+ with learning disabilities and additional needs. I had been invited there to plant a tree to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Centre, which had been opened by Sir Douglas… View Article
Interested in participating in a project for evaluating new lower limb prosthetic designs? Read on from the SDGP…

Interested in participating in a project for evaluating new lower limb prosthetic designs? Read on from the SDGP…

 (Click on the SDGP Logo to visit the Website) We’ve received the following information from Scottish Disability Golf (SDGP). This sounds like a potentially valuable exercise that could benefit other amputees. If you’re interested in taking part or finding out more, please use the contact details below. ************* Are you interested in participating in a… View Article
And another opportunity…Do you have a disability and are in a relationship with a non-impaired partner? Would you like to take part in a short documentary?

And another opportunity…Do you have a disability and are in a relationship with a non-impaired partner? Would you like to take part in a short documentary?

We’ve been contacted by Michael Concannon about the following opportunity to spread awareness and understanding about the personal aspects of living with a disability. If you think you might like to take part or just want to know more, then please contact Michael on one of the numbers given below. ********************************************** I’m contacting you from… View Article

And another opportunity…Do you have a disability and are in a relationship with a non-impaired partner? Would you like to take part in a short documentary?

We’ve been contacted by Michael Concannon about the following opportunity to spread awareness and understanding about the personal aspects of living with a disability. If you think you might like to take part or just want to know more, then please contact Michael on one of the numbers given below. ********************************************** I’m contacting you from… View Article
Would you benefit from a Big Life Fix? Here's a great opportunity…!

Would you benefit from a Big Life Fix? Here's a great opportunity…!

We’ve just been contacted by Studio Lambert – an award-winning TV production company led by Stephen Lambert, creator of Secret Millionaire. Studio Lambert is working on an exciting and innovative new project called Big Life Fix with a major broadcaster. In the programme a team of expert engineers and designers will create bespoke inventions to… View Article

Could you benefit from a Big Life Fix? Here’s a great opportunity…!

We’ve just been contacted by Studio Lambert – an award-winning TV production company led by Stephen Lambert, creator of Secret Millionaire. Studio Lambert is working on an exciting and innovative new project called Big Life Fix with a major broadcaster. In the programme a team of expert engineers and designers will create bespoke inventions to transform peoples’ lives… View Article
Latest Update from the SDGP

Latest Update from the SDGP

Scottish Disability Golf Established in 2004 First Swing Clinic With the assistance of a local Sports Trust, and in conjunction with “TS Sport”, a First Swing Clinic Golf Day has been arranged at Wellsgreen Golf Academy, near Kirkcaldy on Sunday 16 November from 11:00 through to 15:00. SDGP members are invited to come along for… View Article