Bader Grants News

Meet First Step – our latest Bader Grant Recipient of the Month!

I’m very happy to introduce our latest Bader Grant Recipient of the Month – First Step. This wonderful charity is celebrating its 30th Anniversary so it’s a fitting time to acknowledge it and the great work it does for families with babies and young children with disabilities. The DBF is very proud to have been… View Article

Thomas – My Sporting Journey Part 11

I’m so pleased to publish the 11th and – sadly – final episode of Thomas Talbot’s Sporting Journey. This has been the most wonderful series of posts to be able to put up on the Website and we are extremely grateful to Thomas for finding time in what has been and extraordinarily busy and successful… View Article

Thomas – My Sporting Journey Part 9

Here is the 9th and final part of our young Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Thomas Talbot’s Sporting Journey. As the observant amongst you will have noticed, Thomas’s month has run on longer than most(!) as I wanted to make the most of his amazing contribution to the Website. Despite training and competing nationally… View Article

Thomas – My Sporting Journey Part 8

With apologies for the delay – I recently found that it wasn’t as easy to carry on working seamlessly while on holiday in Australia as I’d hoped! – here is Part 8 of our wonderful young Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Thomas Talbot’s, Sporting Journey. We are so grateful to Thomas for sending in… View Article

Mari and Sky – Gold National Champions Again!

I couldn’t be more delighted to share the latest news from Bader Grant recipient, Para Dressage Rider Mari Akhurst. Despite terrible weather, Mari and her beautiful equine partner, Sky O’Hara, beat all opposition to be crowned Grade 1 Gold National Champions, thereby retaining the title they won last year.   The weather was awful. But… View Article

Thomas Talbot – My Sporting Journey Part 7

I recently went out of synch with the Sporting Journey of our Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Thomas Talbot. Thomas had recently returned from the Cerebral Palsy World Games in Spain, where he did incredibly well, returning with a Silver Medal and, following the change in his International Classification, the accreditation of GB No. 1… View Article

Update from Manfit – Anthony’s Story – Ten Principles in Action

Our previous Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Manfit, has sent us this great update relating to their swimming classes. As you’ll know from previous Manfit posts, they offer fitness sessions for amputees but maybe you didn’t know that you can also swim with them, which Anthony whose story features below, clearly enjoys. If you… View Article

Thomas – My Sporting Journey Part 10: The World Games

A Spanish Silver Dream! The start of August saw my Mum and I fly out to San Cugat, Barcelona in Spain. I had the honour of representing Team CP England at the CPISRA (Cerebral Palsy International Sports & Recreation Association) World Games. I had been selected by Cerebral Palsy Sport, the national disability sports charity… View Article

Thomas Talbot, our Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Gets Silver at the World Games

We are so proud of our young Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Thomas Talbot, who has just returned from a wonderfully successful time at the Cerebral Palsy World Games in Spain. Thomas’s International Classification changed from an RR3 to an RR2 resulting in him racing in 7 races with heats and finals rather than… View Article

Thomas Talbot – My Sporting Journey, Part 6

Our current Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Thomas Talbot, is currently away in Spain competing for his country in the World Games. It is a fantastic achievement and a great accolade to be chosen to represent your country and both testament to and recognition of this very dedicated young athlete’s commitment, hard work and… View Article

Thomas Talbot – My Sporting Journey, Part 5

Our current Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Thomas Talbot, has had a very busy time lately. He recently competed on the RaceRunner that was featured in his previous post, in the National Junior Championships in Coventry coming away with no less than 4 golds! He was also selected to compete at the England Athletics… View Article

Thomas Talbot – My Sporting Journey, Part 4

Here is the 4th part of our amazing Junior Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Thomas Talbot’s, Sporting Journey. As you’ll see, Thomas was delighted to take ownership of his new RaceRunner – the superb piece of kit that he hopes (and we are sure) will help him to get to the top of his… View Article

A Dream Comes True – International Champion! Mari Akhurst and Sky Win at Hartpury

International Champion! Mari at the Prize Giving Ceremony We couldn’t be more proud and delighted to tell you that Bader Grant Recipient, Para-Dressage Rider Mari Akhurst, achieved her dream of becoming an International Champion at Hartpury last week. This award couldn’t be more deserved as Mari has been battling with a deterioration in her condition… View Article

Part 3 of Junior Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Thomas Talbot’s, Sporting Journey

Herewith the 3rd instalment of Thomas Talbot’s sporting journey. Our first Junior Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Thomas was born with cerebral palsy but, showing the Bader spirit in spades as you will see from this latest report, Thomas pursues success as a RaceRunner with a courage and determination that makes him a worthy… View Article

More Good News From Mari!

Against all odds, Lady Bader Grant Recipient, Para-Dressage Rider, Mari Durward-Akhurst, is having a fantastic year. As you’ll know from the previous post, she had a very successful day at the recent National Championship on both horses finishing 2nd with 70% on Sky and finishing in the top 5 with her young horse, Bear, at… View Article

Great News for June from Bader Grant Recipient, Mari Akhurst!

We were so pleased to get the latest update from our lovely Lady Bader Grant Recipient, Para-Dressage Rider Mari Akhurst. Mari, who has Cerebral Palsy, hyper mobility and lax ligaments affecting all four limbs and resulting in left side muscle weakness and affecting her balance and muscle tone has recently been battling with an escalation of… View Article

2nd Part of Junior Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Thomas Talbot’s, Sporting Journey

I’m proud and delighted to present the 2nd instalment of our Junior Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Thomas Talbot’s, story of his sporting journey. Thomas was born with cerebral palsy but hasn’t let it stop him in his quest to succeed in his chosen sport of RaceRunning. He is such an inspiration to all,… View Article

Exciting News from Previous Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Mari Akhurst…

It was a treat as always to hear from our lovely ex-LBGRotM, para-dressage rider, Mari Akhurst, with a very exciting update. Mari, who was born with cerebral palsy, is getting ever closer to achieving her goal of representing Team GB in para-dressage in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Mari had a great competition recently in partnership… View Article

Meet our new Bader Grant Recipient of the Month – Thomas Talbot!

I am so proud to introduce our new Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Thomas Talbot. Thomas is our very worthy first Junior Bader Grant Recipient of the Month. Thomas has almost made a profession of surprising the medical profession since his cerebral palsy was diagnosed when he was just over a year old and… View Article

MANFIT Coffee Morning – A Chance to Discover What MANFIT’s all About…

One of our previous Bader Grant Recipients of the Month, the excellent organisation, MANFIT (Manchester Amputee Fitness Initiative) held their coffee morning on Thursday 19th April and Margaret Tyson has kindly sent us a couple of photographs. MANFIT is for any amputee/prosthesis user (over 18 or accompanied by an adult) in the Greater Manchester area… View Article

A Great Start to the Competitive Season for ex-LBGRotM Mari Despite Some Challenges…

As always, a treat to hear from our lovely erstwhile Lady Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Para-Dressage Rider, Mari Akhurst. Despite battling worsening symptoms at the moment from her cerebral palsy, Mari has started the competitive year in great style, coming second on Saturday on Sky, who is now qualified for the Gold Semi… View Article

BGRotM Sophie – April Update

  Sophie, 4th from left at the Karen Betts Gift of Confidence Awards in April   Our current Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Sophie Harris, has had a busy time lately and it looks as though, with an imminent trip to Italy with the GB Para squad and fellow development squad, things are going… View Article

Recent Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Jesse Dufton. Exciting Update!

Almost a year to the day since our recent Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Jesse Dufton, flew to Greenland to undertake his gruelling expedition in the Stauning Alps, he has sent us the wonderful news that he’s been selected to join Team GB as part of the Paraclimbing Squad. You can see him modelling… View Article

MANFIT Coffee Morning

Our previous Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, the wonderfully pro-active MANFIT (Manchester Amputee Fitness Initiative), will be holding a Coffee Morning on Thursday 19th April to introduce themselves to those of you who may not have come across them already. This is a lovely, friendly, inclusive group so why not go along and check… View Article

Meet our latest Bader Grant Recipient of the Month – Sophie Harris

We’re very pleased to introduce you to our latest Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Sophie Harris, who had her leg amputated last February, and is now pursuing her goal to represent Team GB in the Paralympic Games. We were delighted to be able to acknowledge her courage and determination with a Bader Grant. Sophie… View Article

New Year, New Season, New Challenges. 2018 Update from Mari Akhurst

Lovely to hear from our first featured Lady Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Para Dressage rider, Mari Durward-Akhurst, who is pursuing her dream to compete with Team GB at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Mari had a fantastic year last year finishing 2017 in 6th position overall with her young horse, Bear, and as no… View Article

Bader Grant Recipient Jesse Dufton – The Must-Read Final Instalment!

Herewith the eagerly awaited final instalment of Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Jesse Dufton’s awesome expedition to the Stauning Alps. Jesse is registered blind/severely sight impaired and for him to complete this epic challenge is a huge inspiration to everyone. We applaud Jesse’s courage and commitment and were proud and delighted to have been… View Article

Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Jesse Dufton. The amazing story continues…

We’re excited to be able to bring you the latest instalment of Jesse Dufton’s  expedition to the Stauning Alps in Arctic Greenland. Jesse, our current Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, who is registered blind/severely sight impaired, completed this gruelling challenge last year. We were delighted when he agreed to be our BGRotM and he… View Article

Latest Unmissable Update from our BGRotM, Jesse Dufton

If you don’t already in these wintry conditions you’re almost guaranteed to feel cold after reading our intrepid Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Jesse Dufton’s, latest report and seeing Molly Thompson’s beautiful accompanying photographs. Here, in Jesse’s own words, his story continues with the first week of his expedition: Our First Week on Expedition:… View Article

Meet Jesse Dufton – Bader Grant Recipient of the Month for Winter!

We’re delighted that Jesse Dufton has agreed to be our latest Bader Grant Recipient of the Month. Intrepid Jesse, who has very limited vision and is registered blind/severely sight impaired, returned earlier this year from a gruelling but hugely successful expedition to the Stauning Alps in Arctic Greenland. Expedition leader, Molly Thompson, took some stunning… View Article

2017 – What a Year for Mari!

We couldn’t be more proud or delighted to announce that Mari Durward Akhurst, our first featured Lady Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, has had a phenomenal year. She has not only made great strides (literally!) with her young, upcoming horse, Bear, finishing in the top 6 overall, but is Grade 1 Gold National Champion… View Article

Important Updates from Triathlon Ireland

Herewith important dates and information for your calendars from Triathlon Ireland who the DBF is very proud to support. 1: Para Talent ID Day: 26/11/2017 at Valley Leisure Centre, Newtownabbey  2: Para Talent ID Day: 3/12/2017 at Markievicz Pool & Irishtown Track, Dublin  3: Para Training Days – 2018 at Markievicz Pool and Irishtown Track,… View Article

Manfit – Second User Profile: Bill’s Story

As you’ll know, our current Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, MANFIT (Manchester Amputee fitness Initiative) kindly agreed to send us personal stories of some of their users. We met Ron last month, now you can see how gym trainer, Bill Shone, became involved… Bill Shone’s (our gym trainer) story Here’s Bill Shone, Manfit’s gym trainer!… View Article

Recognition for Mari!

We’re delighted to report that Bader Grant Recipient, para-dressage rider, Mari Akhurst, has had her hard work and phenomenal achievements with both her horses, Sky O’Hara (on loan from Glesni Owen) and her own Bear, rewarded. Mari just found out that she has been selected for a place on the competitive Excel Talent Programme. This… View Article

Manfit – First User Profile: Ron’s Story

Featured Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, MANFIT (Manchester Amputee Fitness Initiative), kindly promised to provide us with individual stories of some of their users and here you can meet our first candidate, Ron. My name is Ron. I am 77 years old I had my left leg amputated above the knee at the age… View Article

Bader Grant Recipient, Jesse Dufton, back from gruelling expedition in Arctic Greenland

Bader Grant Recipient, Jesse Dufton, has returned safely from a very challenging expedition venturing into the unexplored areas of the remote Stauning Alps region in Central-Eastern Greenland. The expedition would be hard enough for anyone, and one can only imagine what a challenge it must have been for Jesse who is severely sight impaired. Jesse… View Article

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

Meet MANFIT – our new Bader Grant Recipient of the Month!

We’re delighted to introduce our new Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, MANFIT. (As you will probably have noticed, the “month” is rather an arbitrary period of time as far as the BGotM initiative is concerned…!) We thought that following our previous featured Bader Grant Recipients, inspiring individuals Mari Akhurst and Kim Jaeger (who were… View Article

Mari Akhurst and Sky – Grade 1 Para Dressage National Champions!

We are so delighted for Lady Bader Grant Recipient, Mari Akhurst, who is now the Grade 1 National Para Dressage Champion! This result and the great scores Mari got from the judges to gain it couldn’t be better deserved especially as she experienced a deterioration in her CP prior to the championships. However, with her… View Article

Mari Akhurst – Dressage Videos

Our first Lady Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Mari Akhurst has kindly sent us a link to 2 videos of her riding her beautiful young horse, Mr Bear, at Hartpury; one of them competing in the Team Test and one in the pre-test warm up. I’m sure you’ll agree that Mari looks wonderful on… View Article

New Video Footage from Mari Akhurst

Previous Lady Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, the very gutsy Mari Akhurst, has sent us 2 videos of herself and her young dressage horse, Bear, in action.  Mari, whose dream is to represent Team GB in the Tokyo Olympics in the Para Dressage competition, is getting ever closer to achieving her goal having done… View Article

Some Great News from Bader Grant Recipient Mari Akhurst

It was as always a real treat to hear from Bader Grant Recipient, Mari Akhurst and especially welcome to learn about her fantastic achievements representing Great Britain at Hartpury Festival of Dressage. Mari, who received a Lady Bader Grant and was our first Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, is understandably feeling over the moon and deservedly so. She, and… View Article

Bader Grant Recipient Matthew Phillips – Paraclimber

We were delighted to receive this article from Gary Phillips, Social and Public Media Management for Matthew Phillips, about recent Bader Grant Recipient, Matthew Phillips. Matthew is an outstandingly promising young paraclimber with a passion for his sport. He is keen for others to give it a go and to experience the benefits that he himself has gained. If you’re… View Article

Latest News from Triathlon Ireland

Here is the link to the May Newsletter from Triathlon Ireland. http://mailchi.mp/triathlonireland/the-latest-news-from-triathlon-ireland?e=658864a4c9 The newsletter will open in a new tab. The DBF is proud to support Triathlon Ireland, which was brought to our attention by DBF Ambassador, Paul McNeive. Find out more about what they do by following the link to their Website.

Latest Update from Lady Bader Grant Recipient, Mari Akhurst

Herewith the latest update from our wonderful Lady Bader Grant Recipient, Mari Akhurst. Mari is doing really well with her young horse, Bear, after great achievements in partnership with Sky, the beautiful horse you will have seen in previous posts, who is kindly on loan by his owner, Glesni Owen. Mari is keen to bring on Bear to be ready… View Article

DBF Grant Recipient of the Month – Mari Durward-Akhurst

The Douglas Bader Foundation is receiving more grant applications than ever and with so many worthy and very diverse applications and recipients, I thought it would be interesting to feature one each month to give an idea of the range and scope of those people we are able to support and delighted to help in a… View Article

Triathlon Ireland Paratriathlon Talent ID Days

Bader Grant Recipient, Triathlon Ireland, will be holding two Paratriathlon talent ID Days one in Antrim and one in Dublin Antrim – 5th November: Dublin – 6th November: If you are looking to get involved in paratriathlon or you know anyone looking to get involved, we would be delighted for you to join us on… View Article

Success for Bader Grant Recipient “Manfit”

Manchester Amputee Fitness Initiative (Manfit) offers several exercise sessions for amputees including gym sessions at the Manchester College Fitness Suite. These were funded for about 10 years by the Joint Health Unit, Manchester, which became Public Health Manchester. Just over a year ago we lost our funding for the gym sessions due to government cuts… View Article

Syeda Mannan – 1st Lady Bader Memorial Grant recipient update

Following the death of Joan Bader in December last year, it was decided to honour her part in Douglas’s life and her commitment to the charity by awarding grants in her name. It was felt by all that Syeda Mannan was an ideal applicant for the first Lady Bader Memorial Grant. “With regards to the patient, she… View Article

OHMI Douglas Bader Grant Update – Hemihelp Fun Day

Bader Grant Recipient, OHMI (The One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust) has sent us this update. This fantastic organisation is going from strength to strength and the Douglas Bader Foundation is proud and delighted to be able to support them. Douglas Bader Grant Update – Hemihelp Fun Day On Sunday 4th September, The OHMI Trust team and… View Article

Tia Campbell reports from Tanzania and Kenya

Inspirational Douglas Bader Foundation Bader Grant Recipient, Tia Campbell, has sent us this great report and brilliant photographs from her recent trip to Tanzania and Kenya. My name is Tia Campbell I am 18 years old and On the 17th of July I undertook the biggest experience of my life, which I could of not done without… View Article

Musical Workshop Opportunities with OHMI

One of our worthy DBF Grant recipients, OHMI (The One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust), is going to be running 2 workshop days in conjunction with HemiHelp and Reach. OHMI is going from strength to strength and this is the first year that they have had sufficient capacity to be able to offer music workshops at the… View Article

OHMI June Newsletter

Bader Grant Recipient, OHMI (The One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust) is going from strength to strength and has now added world renowned percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, and composer and saxophonist, John Harle, to their list of OHMI Patrons. Thanks to OHMI, a bright light now shines on a huge problem few people notice. They are leading… View Article

Thomas Making Giant Strides!

It was lovely to hear from Bader Grant recipient, Thomas, who has got in touch to tell us how he has put his grant to good use and is already making great strides on his Race Running Bike. Thomas clearly has the Bader spirit in spades and we are sure he’s going to go far in every… View Article

2015 OHMI Competiton

2014 Bader Grant recipient, OHMI (The One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust) is holding a competition challenging people to create an instrument that can be played without the use of one hand and arm. The deadline for this challenge is 30th June 2015 so you need to get your designs in fast for a chance of winning a… View Article

DBF Support KartForce with BADER GRANT

The Douglas Bader Foundation is delighted to have been able to support KartForce (Kart Racing for Injured Troops) through its Bader Grants Scheme. You can read more about the contribution below: JAGUAR HAND CONTROL TEST HUGE SUCCESS! We’re very proud to SHOUT out LOUD that the hand control’s we designed with OMS are RADICAL! The… View Article

Latest news from KartForce…

Here’s the latest update from our friends at KartForce. . . * Please click HERE to see the whole story as a Webpage. (Clicking on the KartForce logo at the top of the article will take you to their Website for more information about this amazing organisation.)

DBF Grant Recipient on the One Show

32 year old Nathan Doidge, born with cerebral palsy, is described as  the ‘most profoundly disabled Pilot in the World’. Nathan recently gained his Private Pilots’ Licence, funded and supported by the DBF Grant Scheme and trained by Aerobility at Blackbushe, and has flown over 14 hours solo. Chris Evans met Nathan and  was so taken… View Article

A DBF Grant for Nathan Doidge

Nathan Doidge Reaches for the Sky to achieve his Private Flying License. Nathan was born with cerebral palsy and is passionate about flying. At the moment he is thought to be the most profoundly disabled solo pilot in Britain. Nathan 32 who lives in Hayle, Cornwall, has flown many times over the past two years… View Article
“Fiery 3” Challenge

“Fiery 3” Challenge

The Douglas Bader Foundation and latest Bader Grant recipient, RAFT (The Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust), have joined forces to create an original and exciting Challenge for 2011. The “Fiery 3” Challenge trek will take you up Italy’s 3 iconic volcanoes; VESUVIUS, STROMBOLI and ETNA. This is a demanding trek but, if previous challenges are anything to go… View Article