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Prosthetics – Layers of Perception

You may remember that towards the end of last year, we published a post on an art project, “Prosthetics – Layers of Perception“, one of three being organised by SURGE 111.

The project, run by artist Natalia Mesa and scientist and researcher, Morenike Magbagbeola included an online art workshop for upper limb amputees in December called “Prosthetics: Layers of Perception (Art and Science Session for Traumatic Amputees). You can revisit that post via the link at the bottom of this page.

Phil Wiles, who drew our attention to the project, specialises in engagement with Healthcare technology research with a view to helping to frame discussion around prosthetic users experience of wearing an active prosthetic hand or arm.

Phil has been in touch again to give us the exciting update on the session.

The layers of perception, when it comes to amputation and consequent use of prosthetics include the biological processes of sensation: mechanical receptors, and chemical and electrical signalling within the body, as well the personal and psychological layers of experience: trauma, complex emotions, memories, and healing. Natalia Mesa – Artist

SURGE 111

SURGE III is the third edition of Post-Grad Community’s collaborative artist and researcher residency with UCL’s WEISS. It launched with a matchmaking session at UCL

Over the past 8 months, three partnerships have been commissioned as part of SURGE 111, to work with patient groups to explore the role and implications of technological healthcare, through art and design. The three fascinating projects combine patient experiences and medical research with original artwork across performance, painting, sound and print.

Exhibition of Artworks

There will be an exhibition of the artworks created as a result of the workshops in The Lethaby Gallery Window Display, Central Saint Martins, between Wednesday 13 March – Thursday 28 March 2024. It is free and open to the public throughout its run. A Private View of the work will be held on Thursday 14th March from 18:30 – 20:30 where you will have the opportunity to meet the artists and researchers exploring technology’s complex role in surgery through creative means, as well as to view the art they have created because of this collaboration. If you’d like to attend the Private View, please RSVP on Eventbrite. (Link below this post.)

SURGE 111 – The Workshops

You can read more about these workshops and see previews of the art in the artist’s reports below. Links to the artists’ work and projects are available at the bottom of this post.

Katy Emily Kelly (MA Fine Art: Painting, Camberwell College of Arts) and Robert Stafford Williams (PhD in Medical Physics, UCL WEISS)

Katy Emily Kelly was paired with Robert Stafford Williams (PhD in Medical Physics, UCL). Together, the project links their two practices by exploring Lung Cancer (LC) and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)  through sound, pattern and portraits.

Sarah Dixon (MA Performance: Society, Central Saint Martins) and Ryman Hashem (Senior Research Fellow in Medical Robotics, UCL WEISS).

Gut Feelings” – Sarah Dixon was paired with Ryman Hashem (Senior Research Fellow in Medical Robotics, UCL). Together, their project explores the experiences and impact of Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) (extreme nausea and vomiting during pregnancy).

Featured Artist

Natalia Mesa (MA Art and Science, Central Saint Martins) and Morenike Magbagbeola (PhD scientist and researcher in Adaptive Sensory Robotics, UCL WEISS)

Prosthetics – Layers of Perception: This workshop was created and led by Natalia Mesa and Morenike Magbagbeola. Natalia is an artist completing an MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins, who specialises in painting, drawing and engraving, and focuses on collective memory, trauma, neuroscience and Colombia’s history in her practice. Morenike is a PhD scientist and researcher in Adaptive Sensory Robotics.

These images capture my process of creating different layers of painting and engraving to represent the “Layers of Perception” involved in Reni’s research (self-adaptive active prosthetics) and the individual stories we learned during our workshop with patients. The layers of perception, when it comes to amputation and consequent use of prosthetics include the biological processes of sensation: mechanical receptors, and chemical and electrical signalling within the body, as well the personal and psychological layers of experience: trauma, complex emotions, memories, and healing. These layers fade in and out of focus, can change order, and are always present in patient’s lives. I am attempting to capture the intensity and complexity of this experience.” (Natalia Mesa)

Natalia Mesa in collaboration with Morenike Magbagbeola, the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Surgical and Interventional Science (WEISS) at University College London (UCL), The University of the Arts London Post Graduate Community, and a group of people affected by upper limb amputation. CC BY-SA 4.0

Prosthetics - Layers of Perception

Prosthetics - Layers of Perception

Prosthetics - Layers of Perception


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Bold New Strides for Legs4Africa

Legs4Africa Announces A Transformative Rebranding: Evolving Together For A Greater Impact

“At the dawn of a new year, Legs4Africa, an organisation deeply rooted in supporting communities with prosthetic limbs, announces an exciting evolution. Since our establishment in 2013, Legs4Africa has grown from a simple yet passionate idea into a beacon of hope and empowerment. Today, we stand at a pivotal juncture, ready to embrace change and expand our horizons.

We’re embarking on a transformative journey, not just altering our name but redefining our identity to resonate more profoundly with our charitable ethos and the extensive impact of our work. While ‘Legs4Africa’ has been a name synonymous with forging incredible partnerships, building a robust community, and significantly impacting lives, our growth has led us to a point where our name no longer fully encapsulates the breadth of our mission.

Our efforts go beyond just providing prosthetic legs; they are about empowering individuals, nurturing communities, and driving sustainable change. Recognising that our impact, though not continent-wide, remains significant and far-reaching, we are moving towards a new name that reflects our comprehensive commitment to community support and individual empowerment.

In line with this change, Legs4Africa is also delving into important conversations about decolonising narratives within the charity sector. This discussion aims to foster a more inclusive, respectful, and accurately representative narrative of the communities we work with.

The new name, which is currently being developed, will symbolise our journey and commitment. It’s a representation of our dedication to not only providing physical aids but also fostering independence and empowerment in the communities we serve. This change is a step beyond our initial focus, honouring our past while boldly stepping into the future.

This rebranding is more than just a cosmetic change; it’s a reaffirmation of our pledge to make a real difference, aligning our name with our mission, vision, and the aspirations of those we assist.

We invite you to join us on this exhilarating journey. With a future full of possibilities, Legs4Africa is set to embark on this new chapter with the same determination and purpose that have always defined us.”

(Press Release)


Bold New Strides for Legs4Africa

I’m so in awe of what this amazing charity has achieved already. It refused to be bound by the red tape that governed the rehoming of prosthetic limbs and which was tragically responsible for prostheses, sometimes brand new, being sent to landfill. Legs4Africa found a way to collect prosthetic limbs and components and transport them to a part of the world where previously amputees would otherwise be likely to remain without limbs for life.

To have seen how Legs4Africa has grown and developed, while remaining true to their ethos over the past 10 years has been hugely inspiring and I can see why the time has come for them to move forward again.

I’m very excited to see where the next steps on the Legs4Africa journey will take them but have no doubt at all that the future is very bright for them, and the community they support.

We congratulate them on their achievements to date and wish them the very best of luck and success in their evolution.

Have a look at the inspiring video below for more information and keep checking in. There will be a lot of exciting news in the pipeline as we follow these bold new strides for Legs4Africa! You can learn more about the history of this charity by following the link to see previous posts about them on the DBF Website. We have been proud to cover their journey so far and can’t wait to see where it takes them now!

We Walk Together: The Next Stand for Legs4Africa


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Sort Your Life Out

If you’ve always wanted to Sort Your Life Out and appear on television while you do it, now’s your chance!

Bradley Thornhill, the senior casting producer of the Ottoman Television team working on the hit BBC1 show Sort Your Life Out, has been in touch asking us to spread the word that they are looking for participants for the new series.
If you haven’t seen it, Sort Y0ur Life Out is the programme where participants invite Stacey Solomon and her team of organising experts into their houses to help them declutter their homes and transform their spaces in just 7 days. If you’re interested to know more you will find a link to the previous series on BBC iPlayer at the bottom of this post.
The casting team is currently looking for families or shared households across the UK to take part in a new series and are keen to speak to people from all walks of life, with varying backgrounds and experiences who may need a helping hand decluttering and organising their homes.
The show is keen to reach as many people as possible that could potentially benefit from this experience, particularly those from often under-represented groups and backgrounds.
You can get more information and access the online application forms by following the link beneath the flyers.
If you’re surrounded by “things” or, like a friend of mine, with a loo you can’t use because the room is so full of books that if you open the door there’s an avalanche, this could be your chance to Sort Your Life Out! What’s to lose except clutter?!
Sort Your Life Out

 


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Update from Mari

DBF Ambassador, Mari Akhurst, has been in touch with a wonderfully positive update for this new(ish) year. So, herewith, an update from Mari!

Most of you will know her, but for those who don’t, Mari is a para-dressage rider who received a Bader Grant from us in 2017 (how does time pass so fast – it doesn’t seem possible…). She has cerebral palsy with accompanying left sided weakness and has long pursued a dream to reach the top in para dressage. Her love for horses started early; she was bullied at school for being different but discovered that she was very good at riding.

Horses are my legs and together we excel – Mari Durward-Akhurst, Para-Dressage Rider

In the time that we’ve known Mari she has shown absolute determination to achieve her goal of representing her country and securing a medal at the Paralympics, and has displayed huge courage and commitment in the face of whatever challenges have presented themselves. DBF originally awarded her a grant to assist with strength and conditioning sessions and her physical trainer said that she hasn’t known anyone to work so hard! Having seen videos of some of the sessions  (you can see them in previous posts on the website and will find a link at the bottom of this page) I can tell you they look gruelling! Mari has climbed steadily up the rankings, winning or being placed in qualifying competitions on Sky O’Hara (now happily retired!); her young horse, Bear; Damo, the newbie, and most recently on the brilliant mare, Athene, who has been loaned to her by Di Redfern. That in itself a great endorsement of Mari’s riding ability.

Update from Mari
New mentees; Fils Marriott and Seran
New mentees: Nicola and Squid

In addition to training and competing herself, Mari has been mentoring young riders and has just taken on two more to work with, Fils Marriott and Nicola. Fils and her horse, Seran, are a Grade 1 Para Dressage partnership and Nicola and Squid (who loves cuddles and ear scratches) are climbing the ranks after winning their RDA regional qualifier with over 80% and securing two titles at the RDA National championships.

Congratulations to Fils and Nicola and Seran and Squid on being selected to join Team Mari! We can’t think of a better person to be associated with and wish you all luck and success ongoing.

In this update from Mari, she reveals how she has started the year in great style by achieving the first part of her dream. As of 1st January she has been accepted onto the World Class Programme at podium potential level.  This is so well deserved and really represents a fantastic opportunity for Mari. We are keeping our fingers firmly crossed.

She is practicing hard and she and Athene will face their first competition in March. Please keep your fingers crossed for them.

Update from Mari
Mari, Athene and trainer, Rob Waine

Always one to keep challenging herself, Mari has also started attending events as an inspirational / motivational speaker and is certainly qualified to inspire. She is the most gutsy, positive and determined woman you could ever wish to meet. Please contact us if you’d like to know more about booking Mari for one of your events. She also has fantastic empathy with horses and this shows in the relationships between her and her equine partners. The mutual trust is clear in them all and it is always a joy to watch Mari riding in her videos and see that sensitivity flowing down the reins. She is one of those people who, as my mother would have said, “looks good on a horse”!

Keeping horses to competition standard is extremely expensive and Mari has been almost totally self-funding in her pursuit of the reaching the top of her sport. She has a fundraising page and the link will be added to this page shortly. Other useful links will be found at the bottom of this page.

Behind the scenes – Sylvester believes relaxation is important…
Update from Mari
…and Damo enjoys a massage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Experiences of LGBTQIA+ People with Visible Differences

Participants required to explore the experiences of LGBTQIA+people aged 15-24 with visible differences.

We’ve been contacted by Emma Waite, a doctoral student from the Centre for Appearance Research based at the University of the West of England.

She is conducting research looking at the experiences of young people aged 15-24 from the LGBTQIA+ community who have an appearance-altering condition or injury. This could obviously cover many conditions or injuries but if you’re reading about this research on the DBF Website, it might be likely to involve amputation or limb difference, which would provide useful information for the study.

Emma has created an online survey to gather her initial information. It is open to anyone aged between 15 and 24 who self-identifies as part of an LGBTQIA+ community. It will take about 20-30 minutes to complete and questions focus on participants’ experiences and their thoughts and feelings about these.

All answers will be fully anonymised and participants will be invited to enter a prize draw with the possibility of receiving a £25 shopping voucher as a thank you for taking part.

The study has received full ethical approval.

Experiences of LGBTQIA+ People with Visible Differences – The Study

“This doctoral research at the Centre for Appearance Research is focused on understanding the experiences of LGBTQIA+ young people with visible differences, such as limb difference, and their thoughts and feelings about these experiences. Taking part involves completing one short online survey (20-30 minutes) and anyone who is aged 15-24 years and self-identifies as being part of an LGBTQIA+ community as well as having a visible difference can take part. The researchers particularly welcome those with intersecting identities. As a thank you for taking part, everyone who participates will be invited to enter a prize draw, with the chance of winning a £25 shopping voucher. To take part scan the QR code or click the link: https://go.uwe.ac.uk/LGBTQIAVisDiff

Taking Part

Please do take part if you’re eligible and able to do so. As well as helping Emma out with her useful doctoral research, you could be helping other people with visible differences in the LGBTQIA+ community with the information you provide. The findings from research undertaken by committed students and graduates often provide valuable insights and results with benefits to others.

Experiences of LGBTQIA+ People with Visible Differences

 

 

An Ambulance for Legs4Africa

Tom Williams, founder of the wonderful Legs4Africa, has been in touch with some brilliant news. A life-changer for the charity. An ambulance for Legs4Africa!

Tom is currently without his own transport and this got him thinking about the people Legs4AFrica work with.

For many, having easy access to transport is a luxury they can’t afford. They rely heavily on the support of their communities or endure long, arduous journeys on public transport to reach the nearest rehabilitation centre. I can’t help but feel how fortunate I am in comparison. Tom Williams

Then, Doug and Rose Hamlen, who spearhead an organisation called Challenge 4000, stepped in with the incredibly generous donation of an ambulance to the Rehabilitation Centre in The Gambia. Rose, who has mobility issues herself, was moved to help people who also have difficulty walking.

I’ve got bad legs, and I want to help others who can’t walk as well as I can Rose Hamlen

An ambulance for Legs4Africa will revolutionise how services reach those in need. It will be set up and used as a mobile clinic so will be able to help individuals who live hundreds of kilometres from the main service areas in Banjul.

This isn’t just a vehicle; it’s a lifeline Tom Williams

Janob Jaab, the Director of Social Welfare, expressed immense gratitude, acknowledging the significant impact this will have on improving access to rehabilitation services, especially in rural areas. Many individuals in need of prosthetic limbs live far from urban centers, and this ambulance effectively bridges that gap.

Ambulance Mission in The Gambia – An ambulance for Legs4Africa Video Clip

You can watch the moving hand over of this wonderful gift of an ambulance for Legs4Africa by Doug and Rose Hamlen in a clip from Gambian TV by following the link at the bottom of this post.

Legs4AFrica is making giant strides. Please keep checking in for more heartwarming updates…


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Reaching for the Sky

As the “war” in Ukraine continues following the invasion by Russia, there is a danger of compassion fatigue setting in, especially when wars and disasters are taking place in other parts of the world.

While not overlooking or forgetting the suffering across the globe, it is so important to remember the horrors being endured on an everyday basis in Ukraine.

We have always felt that Sir Douglas would have wanted to help the brave people – many civilians – who are fighting for the freedom of their country. So many emerge from the bombing and devastation in Ukraine with missing limbs or with limbs so badly damaged that there is no alternative to amputation. Sir Douglas would have wanted to support them as he supported amputees in his lifetime as a double amputee himself. Reaching for the Sky for others with disabilities.

This is why the DBF was proud to support the LSN Group’s first mission to Ukraine. (You can read about this on a previous post on the DBF Website via a link at the bottom of this page. Please note that all links in Nicholas’s blog will open in new tabs.)

Since then, the group continues Reaching for the Sky as it develops the ways it can support amputees as you will see below. The courage and commitment of the team is admirable and I’m delighted to be able to share this update from Nicholas Mellor. I thoroughly recommend that you take time to read the blogs to see just how much positive work is being done by LSN.

It’s moving to know that Nicholas’s connection with Douglas goes back a long way. When he was about 8 his grandmother took him to see the film, “Reach for the Sky” and it was then that Nicholas decided that he wanted to fly with the RAF. This is also why the title of the blog is important to him. With all he’s achieved under the auspices of LSN for amputees and people who are suffering mentally or physically particularly as a result of trauma, I think that Reaching for the Sky is a very appropriate title anyway! Interestingly, in 1993, Nicholas had set up Merlin (Medical Emergency Relief International) with 2 friends. Merlin was a humanitarian organisation delivering medical expertise, healthcare, and support in crisis and conflict zones around the world. Their first operation was in Sarajevo, which was then under siege, and the team felt as though they were ‘reaching for the sky’ in those early days.

Its that same spirit that I have sought to tap into, in every initiative I have embarked on, and it takes me back to walking out of the cinema with my grandmother all those years ago, when with both innocence and youth I imagined with sufficient conviction, perseverance and courage anything was possible! Nicholas Mellor

Reaching for the Sky

Reaching for the Sky

Ninety two years ago, in January 1932, Douglas Bader took to the air again just weeks after his accident in December 1931 which had resulted in the loss of both his legs. His determination and resilience were remarkable, as he quickly adapted to his prosthetic legs and pursued his passion for flying. 

Forty years ago the Douglas Bader Foundation was set up in him memory to ‘advance and promote the physical, mental, and spiritual welfare of individuals who are born without or have lost one or more limbs, or are otherwise physically disabled, as well as those who suffer from diagnosed mental illnesses’.

Last year LSN Group https://www.lsngroup.org launched an initiative to support victims of trauma, particularly amputees, in Ukraine. The team’s efforts have focussed on various aspects of rehabilitation and support for these individuals, but what made every mission unique, is that members of the team have been amputees or disabled veterans themselves. No one knows the urgency of this work, nor can speak with as much authenticity and authority as people such as Alex Lewis, Mike Wildeman and Edward Hall.

As well as providing tangible support with medical supplies and prosthetics, the team has also sought to encourage change in practice and policy but beginning a dialogue around the benefits of  early intervention in the rehabilitation process. This can significantly shorten the journey to greater independence and improve the prognosis for the patients. A second aspect has focussed on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to ensure integrated future care for the patients, and giving the patient the support and where possible, the prosthetics so they can remain proactive in their path to recovery. A health system that is overstretched, insecurity and a shortage of supplies make finding more efficient and effective approaches even more urgent, but at the same time, change is always difficult to manage.

The LSN team has also emphasized the importance of building independence for amputees, which is crucial in their rehabilitation journey. This includes enhancing the quality of life, increasing self-esteem, facilitating reintegration into society, reducing the burden on caregivers, and improving physical health. Emerging technologies in prosthetics are creating even greater opportunities for enhanced functionality and comfort. The team is also involved in initiatives to help amputees learn new skills, particularly in emerging digital fields, opening up new job opportunities. This approach not only aids the individual amputees but also contributes positively to the economy by filling labour or skills shortages in various industries and increasing workforce diversity.

The Douglas Bader Foundation have been a key part of getting LSN’s initiative off the ground, when they became a co-sponsor of the first mission to provide support for amputees in Ukraine. Their support reflected the foundation’s overarching mission to support individuals affected by limb loss and other disabilities, inspired by the legacy of Sir Douglas Bader, a renowned RAF pilot who returned to active service despite his own limb loss.

The initiatives by LSN Group and the support from the Douglas Bader Foundation (DBF) demonstrate a comprehensive approach to aiding amputees, encompassing physical rehabilitation, skill development, and psychological support and it is this holistic, and integrated approach than is so important to the well-being and empowerment of amputees in Ukraine. 

These series of blogs illustrated different facets of this approach from patient centric innovation https://www.lsngroup.org/post/driving-innovation-through-collaborative-university-research involving DBF Ambassador Alex Lewis, to finding purpose with DBF ambassador Mike Wildeman https://www.lsngroup.org/post/re-finding-purpose-and-creating-opportunities-for-amputees .

However the scale and intensity of the trauma and injury faced by veterans and civilians alike shows that there is no easy solution and the support of organisations like DBF is crucial to encourage the search for better ways of supporting victims of trauma such as highlighted in these two blogs https://www.lsngroup.org/post/nurturing-recovery-purpose-and-growth-amidst-trauma-and-adversity  and https://www.lsngroup.org/post/healing-together-the-impact-of-peer-support-groups-in-war-torn-ukraine .

The challenge for the individual, their families, their communities and their society is enormous, but as the saying goes ‘ the longest journeys start with a single step’ and that first step for the LSN team was made possible by DBF, and the inspiration of the pilot who in spite of his disability, still ‘Reached for the Sky’.

Reaching for the Sky

(Nicholas Mellor)

Reaching for the Sky

Above: DBF Ambassadors, Mike Wildeman (left) and Alex Lewis (centre right)


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2024 Update from Richard Neumann

In this 2024 Update from Richard Neumann, the Para Dressage Rider shares photos, videos and news and  it is clear how much he and his competition horse, Smartie, have improved. They are now clearly a force to be reckoned with in the Para Dressage world.

Bader Grant Recipient Richard has an extraordinary work ethic and clearly it is paying off. Having been told after a serious injury sustained while playing rugby that he would be confined to a wheelchair, Richard decided to prove the doctors and the prognosis wrong. He did, and, not long after taking his first steps had decided to try riding… Not just riding but dressage! He worked incredibly hard to improve his physical strength and fitness as can be seen in some of the previous posts (to which you’ll find a link at the bottom of this page), and practised determinedly with his horse, Otto. Very sadly Otto who had suffered a leg injury had to be put to sleep last year when an MRI scan revealed that his pain and resulting lameness couldn’t be cured. This was a heartbreaking decision for Richard who had hoped that Otto could live out a peaceful and happy retirement. Richard’s other horse, Smartie, was drafted in to fill Otto’s shoes, and proved to be a star in his own right. Since then the partnership has gone from strength to strength and we were absolutely delighted to learn that Richard and Smartie had won a 1st and that the team are one good result away from representing Great Britain: Richard’s long-standing dream. We know that Richard will give this his absolute best shot. As he says, he keeps trying, has put his papers in for the International this year  and it’s up to the selectors now.

2024 Update from Richard Neumann
The hard work is paying off…
2024 Update from Richard Neumann
Smartie dreaming

We will keep our fingers firmly crossed that Richard gets the result he so deserves. He and Smartie certainly make a good looking team!

In the meantime, Richard has another hot prospect! His young horse, Kisper, is currently having a bit of a holiday but will be back in training in March /April and Richard hopes to get both horses qualified to compete at Hartpury in 2025.

The 2024 Update from Richard Neumann included photos and videos and we’re very grateful as always to him for sharing some of these joyful moments. It’s particularly heartwarming to see young Kisper, clearly full of the joys of spring, albeit early, and kicking up his heels in the paddock. It is wonderful also to see Richard and Smartie looking so much in tune and demonstrating just how far they’ve developed as a team.

We wish Richard all the very best for 2024 and will keep you updated!


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Bader’s Big Band Concert

Bader’s Big Band Concert at the Bradford on Avon Live Music Centre on January 13th was a “resounding” success and a joyful boost for those who needed it, or those who thought they didn’t, to move forward into 2024!

Bader’s Big Band, the brainchild of Charley Bickers, has been one of the DBF’s most ambitious and successful initiatives. The first Big Band to be formed almost entirely of musicians with disabilities has developed from a tentative first rehearsal to become a widely acclaimed Big Band in its own right. The musicians, numbering about 26 including 4 helpers and, of course, Charlie the dog, are now a wonderfully cohesive group, have played at numerous venues and are in demand to perform at military and other events. They recently entertained the crowds at the Summer Air Show at Duxford.

We are incredibly proud of all they’ve achieved and to be associated with such a lovely and talented group of musicians. It has been so inspiring to watch their development into the confident and accomplished band they are today.

We are indebted to RWK Goodman for their support and sponsorship of this event.

There is a video of the start of this performance at the bottom of this post. Neck braces may be required, earplugs certainly won’t!

If anyone else who was there would like to share videos or photographs, we’d be delighted to receive and post them!

David Bickers MBE, CEO of the Douglas Bader Foundation was there on the night and writes:

BADER’S BIG BAND CONCERT AT THE WILTSHIRE MUSIC CENTRE SATURDAY 13TH JANUARY 2024

Appearing at such a prestigious venue definitely brought out the best performance I have seen from our initiative, Bader’s Big Band

An ambitious project initiated by the Douglas Bader Foundation, ‘Bader’s Big Band ‘ is the first ever Big Band consisting almost entirely of musicians from the UK with a physical disability or diagnosed mental health condition.

Led on stage by Charlie, the assisting care dog of our Bass Player Geoff and a permanent fixture in the Band, David Bickers M.B.E, our CEO and Co-Founder, introduced and welcomed our audience, guests and sponsors RWK GOODMAN. The band went straight into Route 66 with vocalist Jo and the whole band hitting the groove and tempo immediately.

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Jo kicks off the concert with Route 66

With a play list of 20 selected pieces over 2 halves introduced by our Band Leader Paul, vocals from Sheila including on Almost Like Being in Love / Hey Mambo / Glory of Love and Jo back with For Once in my Life / Embraceable You, the instrumentalists slipping into solos and combined cohesion produced cries for more – dutifully obliged – and wonderful reception from our audience.

 

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Sheila rocking Hey Mambo

 

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The Band in action

WHAT A NIGHT – WHAT A PERFORMANCE!

 

OUR THANKS GO OUT TO PAUL OUR BAND LEADER, SAM OUR BAND MANAGER AND OUR WONDERFUL PERFORMERS, OUR SPONSORS RWK GOODMAN AND OF COURSE CHARLIE.

(David Bickers MBE)

It was an incredible performance and a thoroughly inspiring event Ben Lees (Guest)

The band were amazing and all of our guests loved the event and were highly impressed Louise Hart (Guest)

Thank you so much for setting up and supporting the Big Band project alongside all the other wonderful initiatives of the Foundation over the 40+ years.  I think you can see in our faces (not to mention WhatsApp posts!) what it means to us.  I also want to express my appreciation of the work of Sam, an incredibly good band manager, and Paul, in pulling the music together, and all the others who keep the show on the road, often behind the scenes Aileen (Band Member)

 

PLAYLIST WILTSHIRE CONCERT 13th JANUARY 2024

  1. Route 66 – vocal – dance tune
  2. Tuxedo Junction – instrumental dance tune
  3. C jam blues – instrumental dance tune
  4. Almost like being in love – vocal – dance tune
  5. Jazz police– feature band tune
  6. Jump jive and wail – instrumental dance tune
  7. For once in my life – vocal – dance tune
  8. Doin basie’s thing – instrumental dance tune
  9. Sway – vocal– feature band tune
  10. Little brown jug – instrumental dance tune
  11. Pick up the pieces – feature band tune
  12. Come fly with me – vocal – dance tune
  13. Splanky – instrumental dance tune
  14. On the sunny side of the street – instrumental dance tune
  15. Glory of love – vocal – dance tune
  16. Wood choppers ball – instrumental dance tune
  17. Embraceable you – vocal– feature band tune
  18. In the mood – instrumental dance tune
  19. Hey mambo – vocal – feature band tune
  20. Birdland – feature band tune


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