DBF History

The Douglas Bader Foundation (DBF) Timeline in Brief

1982 The DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION (DBF) formed following the death on the 4th September of Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader, CBE,DSO,DFC,FRAeS,DL

Patron, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

1986 First Golf Fundraising Events held
  Bader Cup established by John Southwick as an annual fundraising Golf Event held throughout the UK, eventually involving over 600 clubs
1988 Incorporation of DBF – Sir Peter Baxendell (Deputy Chairman of Shell) became Chairman of Fundraising
  DBF moved to offices in the Shell Centre
1989 First ‘Bader Flame’ award presented for Outstanding Contribution to the Amputee Disabled Community
1991 HRH Diana, Princess of Wales became Patron of the Foundation
1992 The Douglas Bader Centre built at Queen Mary’s University Hospital, Roehampton, London
1993 The Douglas Bader Centre officially opened by Diana, Princess of Wales
1994 David Bickers elected Chairman of the Foundation
1995 The Douglas Bader Grant Scheme initiated
1996 First Bader Grants announced and presented at the Shell Centre

Bader Grants to be awarded annually under the Grant Scheme

1998 Baderline – a new telephone helpline for amputees launched in the West of England
  Bader Grants presented in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales
1999 Bader Grants presented by Queen Noor of Jordan at the Bader Centre Roehampton
2000 First Bader Challenge fundraising event – Cycle Ride Through Jordan involving amputees and the able-bodied
2001 Sponsorship of first CHAMPS (Child Amputee) weekend organised by BALASA
  Ladies Salver Golf Tournament introduced by John Southwick
2002 Lady Bader receives OBE for her charity work
  The DBF fund the National Help Bureau, a joint initiative between the Foundation and The Limbless Association
2003 First Prosthetic and Orthotic User and Professionals Industry Awards Ceremony in association with The Limbless Association
  Opening of Bader Walking School within University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur
2004 Launch of the Limb Loss Legal Panel offering free legal advice to amputees
2005 Launch of Limb Loss Information Centre (LLIC) providing advice and information to people with limb loss
  First Farrow Bader Flying Day for children with disabilities
  Launch of the inclusive Bader Challenges designed to encourage disabled people to participate in life changing challenges
2006 New Queen Mary’s Hospital rehabilitation facility called ‘The Douglas Bader Rehabilitation Centre’ to honour Sir Douglas Bader and the work of the Foundation
  Launch of the Douglas Bader Insurance Advice Service
  The Douglas Bader Grant Scheme pledges support to the amputee victims of the July 7th London Bombings
2007 25th Anniversary of the Douglas Bader Foundation
  25th Anniversary Auction Dinner in the The Long Room at Lord’s Inaugural Amputee Games
2010 Douglas Bader Centenary
  Launch of DBF child-based initiative, Bader Braves
  Douglas Bader Grant to RAFT
  Bader Braves Young Aviators initiative – 5 Bader Braves Young Aviators Days held around the UK

Programme of Young Aviators Days continues to be held annually

  3 DBF Ambassadors announced: Phil Packer; David Gardner and Adam Layer
  LimbLine – New amputee led 1-2-1 advice and chat service for LLIC run by Ambassador, Margaret Biggs
2011 9 Bader Braves Young Aviators Days scheduled around the UK
  2 DBF Ambassadors announced: Margaret Biggs and Wyn Jenkins
2012 30th Anniversary of the death of Sir Douglas Bader
  12 Bader Braves Young Aviators Days held around the UK
  Special Bader Grants awarded to honour 30th Anniversary
2013 30th Anniversary Year of the Douglas Bader Foundation
  Bader Braves Challenge Weekend at Calvert Trust Exmoor
  12 Bader Braves Young Aviators Days scheduled around the UK
  DBF Ambassador announced: Nathan Doidge
  DBF Ambassador announced: Martine Wright
  New LLIC Forum initiated
  Team Bader launched
  Ambassador, Margaret Biggs, designs bespoke kit for Team Bader (Cycling)
  Ambassadors, Wyn Jenkins and Margaret Biggs, launch Team Bader (Cycling) with ‘Tandem Challenge Wales’
  First DB Trophy Golf Challenge celebrates 30 years

Bader Golf Organiser, John Southwick, retires after 26 years of running the Bader Cup. Thousands of pounds raised for the DBF

2014 12 Bader Braves Young Aviators Days scheduled across the UK
  Bader Braves Winter Wonderland Weekend at Calvert Trust Kielder
  Bader Braves Peter Saywell Track Day
  DBF Canal Trip for Roehampton Limb User Group (RLUG) with the Bruce Trust
  Team Bader (Cycling) participates in Time Trials across the UK
  Team Bader Amputees registered with Road Time Trial Council as official Para-Cycling Team
  Ambassador, Margaret Biggs, honoured for her achievements with reinstated ‘Bader Flame’ Award
  DBF Website upgraded and under new management
  BILL (Bader Information on Limb Loss) succeeds LLIC
2015 10 Bader Braves Young Aviators Days scheduled across the UK
  2 Bader Braves Adventure Weekends at Calvert Trust Exmoor and Calvert Trust Kielder
  Ambassador, Margaret Biggs, honoured for her Time Trials Achievements at Champions Night Dinner at Heythrop Park, Oxford
  Sir Douglas Bader features in new escape book and film about his escape from Warburg in the pipeline
  DBF Ambassador announced: Gautam Lewis
  Launch of DBF ‘Reach for the Sky’ Campaign
  DBF Ambassador announced: Gemma Trotter
  Evening of Inspiration at RAF Club to announce ‘Bader’s Bus Company – Still Running’ initiative
  DBF Newsletter ‘Inspiration’ reinstated as ‘Inspiration2’ eNewsletter
  Death of Joan, Lady Bader: 17/03/1918 – 18/12/2015
2016 Lady Bader Memorial Grants and Special Awards initiative
  9 Bader Braves Young Aviators Days scheduled across the UK
  Bader Braves Go-Karting, Stockwell
  Joan Bader Thanksgiving Lunch
  ‘Bader’s Big Band’ initiative announced launching Team Bader (Music)
  DBF Ambassador announced: Paul McNeive
  Team Bader (Cycling): first ‘Dambusters Cycle Ride organised by Ambassador, Wyn Jenkins
  Second Canal Boat Cruise for Roehampton Limb User Group (RLUG) with Waterways Experiences
  New feature, Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, kicks off with Lady Bader Memorial Grant Recipient, Mari Akhurst, Para-Dressage Rider
2017 10 Bader Braves Young Aviators Days scheduled across the UK
  Bader Braves Go-Karting Day at Stockwell
  First Bader Braves Sailing Day
  Second ‘Dambusters Cycle Ride’ organised by Ambassador, Wyn Jenkins
  DBF supports Triathlon Ireland
  Bader Braves Adventure Weekend with Calvert Trust – Exmoor
  Bader Braves Adventure Weekend with Calvert Trust – Kielder
  Bader’s Big Band’ recruit musicians and hold audition day
2018 10 Bader Braves Young Aviators Days scheduled across the UK
  Bader Braves Sailing Day Bristol
  Third and final ‘Dambusters Cycle Ride’ organised by Ambassador, Wyn Jenkins
  Bader’s Big Band’ rehearsal weekends at Tedworth House
  Bader’s Bus Company’ launch
  Bader’s Big Band’ first performance at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
  Bader’s Bus Company’ debut performance to coincide with anniversary of death of Sir Douglas, 5th September, at Blackbushe Airport
  DBF Ambassador announced: Mari Durward-Akhurst
  DBF 1st Junior Ambassador announced: Thomas Talbot
2019 11 Bader Braves Young Aviators Days scheduled across the UK
  DBF supports team including Ambassador Wyn Jenkins (support crew) and wife Marg (competitor) in RAAM
  Bader Braves Adventure Weekend with Calvert Trust, Kielder
  Bader’s Bus Company’: Performed at Guernsey Air Show
  Bader’s Bus Company’: Performed at Duxford Armed Forces Day, Bucks and Milton Keynes
  Bader’s Big Band’: Performed at Duxford Air Show
  Bader’s Big Band’: Performed at Private Retirement Dinner for CEO of Dorset Orthopaedic at Bentley Priory
  Bader Braves Adventure Weekend with Calvert Trust, Exmoor
2020 10 Bader Braves Young Aviators Days scheduled across the UK
  Web Design update for DBF

BILL (Bader Info on Limb Loss) renamed BADER INFORMATION to supply across the board information for people with disabilities

  Bader Braves Adventure Camps offered in conjunction with Over The Wall
  MORE IN THE PIPELINE FOR 2020 – WATCH THIS SPACE!

(We are currently waiting to see what changes may have to be made to our schedule as a result of the Coronavirus and will obviously keep you all updated.)

 

 

 

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