Personal Experiences

Mari Akhurst – September Blog

Mari Akhurst, a Lady Bader Grant Recipient and our first featured Bader Grant Recipient of the Month is a para dressage rider. She suffers from cerebral palsy that cerebral palsy that affects all four limbs and has left me weaker down her left side and affects her balance and muscle tone. Her goal is to… View Article

Rory Slater’s Fantastic Fund-Raising Swimming Challenge for the DBF!

We are indebted to Rory Slater who undertook a gruelling swimming challenge across the Cannakele Straits to raise funds to benefit the DBF. As you will see from his wonderful write up of his experience, Rory had been inspired by “Reach for the Sky” and had also exchanged letters with Sir Douglas many years before…. View Article

Lady Bader Grant Recipient Mari Getting Close to Qualifying…

Our inspirational Lady Bader Grant recipient, Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Mari Akhurst, competed again over the weekend of the 22nd/23rd on both her horses; Sky, who is kindly on loan from Glesni Owen and Bear, her young horse being brought on for the future. It was clearly a challenging weekend in more ways… View Article

An Update from Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Mari Akhurst

Update from our Bader Grant Recipient of the month, Mari Durward-Akhurst. Mari was one of the first to receive one of our new Lady Bader Grants,  awards given in Joan Bader’s memory to help applicants to achieve goals that reflect her own interests and achievements. Mari, a great horsewoman with a genuine love of horses, and an… View Article

My little miracle

by Isabel Pereiras In March 1991, after months of gynecological problems, a doctor informed me that I had suffered a miscarriage and gave me some medication. I had not even known that I was pregnant. I decided to get a second opinion and though the new doctor agreed with the first about the miscarriage, he… View Article
Life Without Artificial Limbs

Life Without Artificial Limbs

Alternatives: Life without Artificial Limbs by Jan Garrett, JD Those of you who read InMotion on a regular basis know that its orientation has been toward recent amputees with an acquired limb loss. Consequently, the magazine’s articles and advertising tend to focus on artificial limbs and related products. As someone with a congenital absence of… View Article
A Day in the Life of a Private Prosthetist

A Day in the Life of a Private Prosthetist

Having worked in the prosthetic industry since 1989, I have now set-up my own business ISJ Prosthetic Services Ltd. My day starts very differently to that of 6 months ago. I lie, Rhys our 18 month old still wakes us up at 6.30 (hope that stops soon!). My first job of the day is to… View Article
A Day in the Life of a Prosthetist

A Day in the Life of a Prosthetist

My day starts as I drive around the back of the Rehab Centre to park my car, waving to patient number one who’s been sitting in his car on the corner as he usually does, waiting for his 7.30am appointment, a special arrangement that means he can still get to work on time. Usually I… View Article
Colin Hamilton

Colin Hamilton

Colin Hamilton enlisted into the Royal Highland Fusiliers in August 1993. During his time he served in N Ireland and Bosnia before transferring to the Black Watch in 2001. He was then deployed to Kosovo with the Black Watch. Unfortunately whilst serving in Kosovo in November 2001, as a Lance Corporal, he was badly electrocuted… View Article
Racing Away The Ghosts

Racing Away The Ghosts

Scott Richardson On Wednesday 31 st August 2005 I was stood hugging my mum, both of us in floods of tears. I had just finished 14th (out of 77 competitors) the Manx Grand Prix Junior Classic race in the Isle of Man. The finishing position wasn’t important. It was the fact that five years earlier… View Article
40 Years at Roehampton

40 Years at Roehampton

by David Godfree I am an above knee prosthetics specimen. I am also an above knee orthotics specimen. It all happened on September 25th 1965 when I and I alone pranged my car seriously. I was wearing one of those then new seat belts which undoubtedly saved my life. My car rolled over and became… View Article
A special visit

A special visit

In February 1993, I was asked by the then Limb Centre ‘boss lady’ if I would attend the official opening of the BADER CENTRE. I didn’t really want to, it was on Thursday February 25th and I was going to play indoor croquet so I said “must I?” The ‘boss lady’ then said “well I… View Article

Walking the Great Wall of China

by Kiera Roche DAY 1 – FROM LOTUS POND VILLAGE TO MUTAINYU GREAT WALL. (10 KILOMETERS) We woke at a reasonable hour, I slide in and out of the bathroom with no major catastrophes and proceeded to dress. It was at this point that I discover the C-Leg had been unplugged during the night and… View Article
Meeting Sir Douglas Bader

Meeting Sir Douglas Bader

By David Godfree It was around 1975, I was sitting in fitting Room No. 8, with prosthesis off to the factory for some repair or other, so I had my trousers off, but my orthoses on my left leg was still on. In those days, I wore a long, woollen stump sock under the thigh… View Article

Caving the World’s Deepest Caves

My adventure this summer was caving in France. I have been caving and potholing for over 20 years before losing my foot.

Phil Oakley tackles the world’s deepest caves

We’re proud and delighted to publish the latest adventure from indomitable Bader Grant recipient, Phil Oakley. Phil, who possesses the Bader spirit in spades and personifies the motto: “…it’s what you can do that counts” Phil apologised in his email that this adventure wasn’t as exotic as previous ones (which can be found by entering Phil Oakley… View Article
Racing Away the Ghosts – Scott Richardson

Racing Away the Ghosts – Scott Richardson

Another inspirational older piece that has been moved from a different section of the original website to be included here. Again, apologies that the images have been lost along the way. Scott Richardson On Wednesday 31 st August 2005 I was stood hugging my mum, both of us in floods of tears. I had just… View Article
Bike Egypt – Kiera Roche

Bike Egypt – Kiera Roche

This is an older story from a different section of the original Website and I apologise for the absence of images, which got lost somewhere in the translation. The dynamic Kiera has gone on to run LimbPower which many of you will have come across. A link to LimbPower can be found under Charities in… View Article

Phil Oakley – Trekking in Morocco

We are extremely grateful to Phil Oakley for sending us this inspirational report of his latest venture and for the beautiful images. You can see all the pictures he sent in a gallery beneath the story. Not content with a challenging trip to Borneo earlier in the year, Bader Grant recipient Phil decided to tackle… View Article

Phil Oakley reports from Borneo expedition

We are very grateful to Phil Oakley for sending us a report of his recent amazing trip to Borneo with Camps International. Phil, a lower limb amputee, and Bader Grant recipient, doesn’t let his amputation stop him travelling all over the world. He has already written a report from the Amazonian Rain Forest where he… View Article

Phil Oakley – Borneo Community Expedition 2013

During August 2013 I will be going to the Sabah region of Borneo, to help with various work based community projects:  I will be going with four of my students from school and will be working along side 25 other students from the UK.  This four-week expedition will be a challenge with physically demanding projects,… View Article
Team Bader Tandem Challenge Wales (1-Training and Preparation) – A rider's BLOG by Wyn Jenkins

Team Bader Tandem Challenge Wales (1-Training and Preparation) – A rider's BLOG by Wyn Jenkins

TEAM BADER NORTH-SOUTH WALES TANDEM CHALLENGE THE 5 DAYS TO GO REPORT On Friday 12 April 2013, I’ll be riding a tandem with fellow DBF Ambassador -Margaret Biggs, down the vertical axis of Wales covering the 200 miles in 4 days.  I’m a 62 year old above knee amputee and Maggz is a below knee… View Article

Philip Oakley Rain Forest Expedition

Bader Grant Recipient, PHILIP OAKLEY was selected as a leader for a 5 week British Schools Society (BSES) expedition to the Amazonian Rain Forest during July/August 2012. Phil is a below the knee amputee keen to show that it is possible to take the ‘dis’ out of disabled. His challenge is to remain an effective ‘able’… View Article
3 Peaks Challenge – David McNamara's Inspiring Report

3 Peaks Challenge – David McNamara's Inspiring Report

David McNamara completed the gruelling “3 Peaks Challenge” to raise funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation, specifically theBADER BRAVES initiative. David’s son, Morgan, is an enthusiastic BRAVE with several events under his belt. Reading David’s wonderful account may give you an idea of what you have to go through to complete a challenge like this – the… View Article

3 Peaks Challenge an inspiring report

David McNamara completed the gruelling “3 Peaks Challenge” to raise funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation, specifically the BADER BRAVES initiative. David’s son, Morgan, is an enthusiastic BRAVE with several events under his belt. Reading David’s wonderful account may give you an idea of what you have to go through to complete a challenge like… View Article
The London 10k Run-A personal achievement by Andy Kneen

The London 10k Run-A personal achievement by Andy Kneen

Andy`s British 10 km run on Sunday 12th July First of all, I hope this article does not put anyone off the idea of doing a 10km run (!), but rather acts as some sort of small incentive to sign up for one next year and raise some funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation. I… View Article
Welcome!

Welcome!

Hello, I hope you all like the new look Website. It has been a steep learning curve and sometimes a voyage of discovery – often accidental –  to get here but we are pleased with it. Unfortunately the Discussion Forum was an unforseen casualty of the changeover as it was linked to the system which… View Article
OC OPS SQN GET HIS BOOTS ON FOR CHARITY!

OC OPS SQN GET HIS BOOTS ON FOR CHARITY!

HIKE JORDAN 2008 OC OPS SQN GET HIS BOOTS ON FOR CHARITY! A Personal Report by Marcus Dimbleby Having seen an advert on the intranet at work back in October 07, offering the chance to hike through Jordan from the Dead Sea to Petra, all in aid of The Douglas Bader Foundation (DBF), I jumped… View Article
Hike Jordan

Hike Jordan

Jordan Hike 2008 A Personal Report by David Bickers Meeting up at Heathrow with some old friends from a previous hike in 2005 to Peru and what would become firm new friend over the next week – again some of whom had hiked and biked in aid of DBF over the years – we arrived… View Article
From Russia with love

From Russia with love

A personal record of the Cycle Russia Challenge which took place between the 5th – 14th September 2008 by Carol Graves Why Russia ? you may ask. Well, it has been “on my list” for a while, and 2008 has evolved as the Year of Eastern Europe, so to speak. I had a holiday in… View Article
A day in the life of a Marathon Runner

A day in the life of a Marathon Runner

A day in the life of a Marathon Runner – No 31979 – Sophie D. The abrupt alarm on Sunday 26th April came as a complete shock to the system: I floundered to stop its deafening ring, rolled over, wondered where I was and what was going on. The dial on the clock told me… View Article